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Saddle Creek

Released: 11.05.15

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On their debut album, Nebraskan trio Icky Blossoms had a little bit of help from TV On The Radio man and all-round super producer Dave Sitek. For their second album, they’ve recruited the hands of Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit), so you might be expecting a more mellow approach to their thrash-infused electro pop. Don’t. Mask is filled with bombastic drum machines, guitars and angst, and throughout the album it feels like they’re trying to continue the work of the now-defunct Crystal Castles. Unlike the Canadians’ work though, Mask suffers from a lack of light and shade that occasionally makes it tiring, even if it is tirelessly energetic.

Warning: this video contains a lot of flashing lights.

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