Darren Franich
July 06, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Swing Lo Magellan

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
81678
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it an B

These arty Brooklynites charmed the bloggerati with 2009’s Bitte Orca, which grafted their proggier tendencies onto more straightforward song structures. On Swing Lo Magellan, though, the group almost seems to be apologizing for even those mild concessions, doubling down on hookless instrumentation and discordant harmonies. It should be thrillingly anarchic; instead, it just meanders. Still, ”Gun Has No Trigger” recaptures Orca‘s eerie energy, while ”Impregnable Question” is quietly powerful, a taste of order amid the chaos. B

Best Tracks:
Gun Has No Trigger
Impregnable Question

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