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Food sci­ence calls it the bliss point: the blend of sugar, fat and salt that makes us crave foods re­gard­less of whether they’re de­signed to nour­ish us. Mu­sic, too, has its own sub­lime syn­the­ses. Dunedin trio Death and the Maiden may deal di­rectly with dark­ness, de­cay and anx­i­ety in their lyrics, but the com­bi­na­tion of Lucinda King’s rich vo­cals and boom­ing, in­sis­tent basslines, Hope Robert­son’s swirling gui­tar and Danny Brady’s hyp­notic techno synths and beats cre­ates a eu­phoric, ur­gent post-punk sound that taps straight into a vis­ceral need to nod and sway. Se­cond out­ing Wis­te­ria is more gutsy, more beat­driven than their 2015 epony­mous de­but, and an en­velop­ing, whole­body ex­pe­ri­ence.

WIS­TE­RIA, Death and the Maiden (Fishrider)

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