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These Are Powers, ‘All Aboard Future’ (Dead Oceans)

By: Shannon Zimmerman // February 1, 2009

Blipping and thumping through nine tracks, These Are Powers’ debut album cross-wires art-damaged difficult listening with skewed rock swagger. The result is a thrilling, hyperpercussive collection of laptop ditties mixed so cleverly that they’ll sound great ticking through earbuds or booming out of dad’s trusty Cerwin-Vegas. Trainspotters may detect trace amounts of Siouxsie Sioux (the sensuous yelp of “Double Double Yolk”) or PiL (the ambient menace of “Light After Sound”), but TAP aren’t throwbacks. All Aboard Future lives up to its title.

Listen: These Are Powers, “Life of Birds”

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