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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

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They were just style ponies, kitted hipsters making tortuously boring fashion music, retro-electro acolytes from the way-back happily riding the electrocash-in bandwagon and cha-chinging their way through a rainforest's worth of glossy-mag photo spreads (spread wide). They were a pair of perfectionists, defined by their post-scripted period (y'know, like, full-stop), so large and in-charge that their songs came off like so much musical geometry, openly architectural, more about perfectly-ruled space than anything remotely human — these qualities thereby endearing them to the world of coiffed cool, which abhors the human qualities. Adult. were all these things, but listening to the Adult. on D.U.M.E., it seems that they are now not, the inference, indeed, in such being that maybe in the midst of making all that heartless, gear-driven music they had bleeding hearts underneath the knobs and cogs, and the way they were writ large and in-charge of a depressingly skin-deep musical movement was less their doing, and more the doing of marketeers and the sheep whose robotic dreams are whatever they're told to be and sold as being. Two years since last drinks, Adult. have re-risen as bud from the same seed, still sown in authentic analog electro-tone, still placing their roots in the trodden-down dirt of bygone days, still a pair of perfectionists punctuated by a period. Yet, now they're on an extended hiatus from their Ersatz Audio imprint and bedding down with Bettina Richards' iconic Thrill Jockey empire, there's something suspiciously, coincidentally "this is our punk-rock" about the rusted sounds Adult. gather and sing with on D.U.M.E., a six-track disc dedicated to ditching the baggage of their past. It finds Nicola Kuperus Ari-ing up a new-wave banshee wail whilst the pair knock up synths until their belly swells and sewer smells emit the same odious tonality as the wire-fried gear burnt black by the black-hearted heroes/heroine Add N to (X). They don't quite get that, like, punk-rock, but they do use and abuse guitars ("Get Me Out"'s spastickated twitching twigging they've been listening to Liars), and, in such, in all of such, they're sure punching with more punch than they did when resuscitating the stand-and-deliver sexlessness of analog-electro past with blank face and vacant stare.

by Anthony Carew

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