Halloween, Alaska, 'Champagne Downtown' (East Side Digital)

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by Michael Walsh

You won't find Halloween, Alaska, anywhere on a map. Instead, this Minnesota band inhabits a sensual, weightless world of sweetly brooding electronic pop. ("All the Arms Around You," from their 2005 self-titled debut, soundtracked an especially pensive Seth Cohen moment on The O.C.) Their third album refines that warily optimistic worldview, with drummer David King (also of the Bad Plus) adding tastefully muted beats while James Diers' abstract lyricism wraps you in a sleepy caress.

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