Fujiya & Miyagi, 'Transparent Things' (Deaf Dumb + Blind)

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by Barry Walters

Stealing shamelessly from Neu!'s propulsive kraut-rock rhythms, Talking Heads' angular guitars, and Wire's deadpan abstraction, the three Brits who call themselves Fujiya & Miyagi skillfully flatter their obvious sources. There's tension in the coolness of "Ankle Injuries," plus equal helpings of tuneful pop, orderly art, and compressed rock. On "Collarbone," amid a minimal arrangement, singer David Best sighs about shoes with classic Anglo detachment, but the guitars and synths interlock in engaging and invigorating ways. This is dance music downsized for iPods but also indie rock expanded for the dance floor.

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