Blonde Redhead, 'Penny Sparkle' (4AD)

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Penny Sparkle
Critical Mass
Label: 4AD

by christopherschultz

On a grand detour in a career full of them, these masters of ethereal, swirling New York art-gaze try their hand at ethereal, swirling Scandinavian electro. Working with Fever Ray production duo Van Rivers & the Subliminal Kid, the always-lush former post-punkers dive haircut-first into the murky underworld inhabited by bands such as the Knife. The trio are certainly equipped for the challenge, since they're already experienced purveyors of foreboding, romantic, minor-keyed dreaminess; but their dub-tinged candle-flicker sometimes trades haunting for drab.

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