FADED PA­PER FIG­URES Relics Short­hand Records ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

And you thought Queen boasted the most aca­dem­i­cally-minded mu­si­cians in rock? Make way for this LA in­die/elec­tro pop trio, which in­cludes within its ranks a qual­i­fied doc­tor and a full-time pro­fes­sor of English at Yale. Thank­fully, there’s enough room left in the band’s col­lec­tive brain to cre­ate the kind of dumb-but-smart elec­tro-pop that would turn Two Door Cinema Club green with envy. Fac­tor in their af­fec­tion­ate thumb­ing of the works of Postal Ser­vice, Belle and Se­bas­tian, Es­sex-era Depeche Mode, very early Hu­man League, and the finer points of Foun­tains of Wayne’s del­i­cate power pop, and you have a unit that ably man­ages to sway doubters from walk­ing away. It’s all been done be­fore, of course, but if there is a bet­ter col­lec­tion of synth-pop, in­die-in­flu­enced tunes out there right now, I’ve yet to hear it. fad­ed­pa­per­fig­ures.com Down­load: Breath­ing, Spare Me, Not the End of the World (Even as We Know It)

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