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MYS­TERY SKULLS One of Us ★★★ Warner Bros Records Three

It’s been three years since the he­do­nis­tic, youth­ful fun times of Mys­tery Skulls’ de­but For­ever, and the party is well and truly over, lyri­cally at least. One of Us is Luis Dubuc’s re­sponse to a world where pri­vate in­for­ma­tion is eas­ily ob­tained, where mun­dan­i­ties are recorded and an­a­lysed and there is no true “free­dom”. A con­cept al­bum about a cou­ple fight­ing back against dystopian op­pres­sion doesn’t sound like a dance­floor filler, but thank­fully One of Us re­tains the open-hearted silli­ness of Dubuc’s pre­vi­ous of­fer­ings.

Los­ing My Mind may be a para­noid ode to our cur­rent re­al­ity, but with its Jamie Lidell-style manic space-house, it’s the kind of con­spir­acy the­ory you can twirl to at 2am. The re­lent­lessly repet­i­tive

Mu­sic is an an­themic, joy­ous fi­nale – a wel­come an­ti­dote to the al­bum’s more som­bre mo­ments. mys­teryskulls.com JEN­NIFER GANNON

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