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Dead Oceans

As shop-win­dows to dis­play your wares go, Oliver Ack­er­mann struck gold with A Place To Bury Strangers. Ack­er­mann makes a good living sell­ing ex­pen­sive gui­tar ped­als to su­per­star rock acts, and his band al­lows him to show­case just what he can do with those pedal ef­fects. The Brook­lyn band’s fourth al­bum fol­lows roughly the same tem­plate as its pre­de­ces­sors, with the col­lec­tive in­ten­sity nudg­ing each track to­wards new heights. There are some dif­fer­ent shapes in the wash for sure – the vis­ceral, noisy, hooky Love High and Straight are book­ends which sign­post pos­si­ble fu­ture routes for APTBS – but the meat of the al­bum re­mains the blis­ter­ing gui­tar whi­te­outs where Ack­er­mann goes for broke. The ques­tion is – are they con­tent to stick with this diet? aptbs.tum­blr.com

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