Mist & Sea: Unless (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

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Mist & Sea: Unless (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

Because of the Pop Frenzy label's track record at Elsewhere -- pop delights posted by the much recommended Clientele, Radio Dept and Camera Obscura, and even recently the amusing David Vandevelde with his T.Rex manoeuvres -- anything on the label get an early audition.

Hell, this is the label that has the bleakly amusing and very wonderful Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.

This 13-track album by a band out of Melbourne doesn't have anything like the charm of those big three mentioned -- but their angular and experimental approach (electronic washes, widescreen electropop, brooding Joy Division bass) plus their quiet dramatics has an undeniable appeal.

There is little they do that hasn't been done before -- it is very 80s in places and even a wee bit prog-rock in the corners -- but much here is quite addictive in an understated way.

Don't expect fireworks on a first hearing though.

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