Handsome Furs, 'Sound Kapital' (Sub Pop)

Sound Kapital
Critical Mass
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Label: Sub Pop

by Jessica Suarez

"When I get back home, I won't be the same," Dan Boeckner sings at the start of his third album with wife Alexei Perry. But for this pair, "home" is a foreign concept; they're urban anthropologists, studying and blending the music of third-world centers. And when the metallic, staticky buzz of "Repatriated" and "Memories of the Future" brings to mind factories and shortwave radios hanging off vendors' carts, Sound Kapital does become the sound of "kids making noise with the generators." But occasionally, Boeckner and Perry replicate the ?lo-fi bustle of city life too well, achieving only a dense, dirty muddle.

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