Universal Audio

Producer (group): Chemikal Underground, Transdreamer

Although at first it seems the Scot-pop pioneers have traded their lush campfire symphonies for a generic indie groove befitting a Dawson’s Creek mixtape, halfway through, the harmonious majesty of previous records like The Great Eastern returns on Universal Audio. ”Bits of Bone” dissolves a frenetic cadence of snare into a dreamy staccato strum that’d make Jonny Greenwood proud, while ”Now & Forever” closes with a sprawling urgency. In other words, skip to track 7, then hit play.

Originally posted October 1 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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