See Mystery Lights This super-arty Portland duo says its new album was inspired by the mysterious illuminations observable after dark over Marfa, Tex. But judging by the party… See Mystery Lights This super-arty Portland duo says its new album was inspired by the mysterious illuminations observable after dark over Marfa, Tex. But judging by the party… 2009-08-04 Yacht Electronic
Music Review

See Mystery Lights (2009)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 04, 2009; Lead Performance: Yacht; Genre: Electronic

This super-arty Portland duo says its new album was inspired by the mysterious illuminations observable after dark over Marfa, Tex. But judging by the party starting indie-electro jams here, those nighttime lights might simply be the distant glimmer of a disco ball. See Mystery Lights' ''The Afterlife'' and ''Psychic City (Voodoo City)'' both throb with humid jungle-boogie grooves, while ''I'm in Love With a Ripper'' turns a sly T-Pain reference into a percolating future-soul workout reminiscent of Michael Jackson-era Quincy Jones. Brainy and block-rocking rarely coexist like this. A–

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Originally posted Aug 05, 2009 Published in issue #1060 Aug 14, 2009 Order article reprints
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