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Mixel Pixel, ‘Music for Plants’ (Kanine)

How do you make twee indie pop even more twerpy? Amp up the beats and pile on the loops. Like trip-hop on cola instead of weed, Brooklyn quartet Mixel Pixel (led by multimedia artist and multi-instrumentalist Rob Corradetti) keep their fourth album resolutely lo-fi, but any ideas that bubble up struggle to get through the fizz. They sing about partying and the dinks who do too much of it (“You’ve got a bottle of Valium for every sin you hide,” from “Switchblade Sister”), but neither their beats nor their lyrics make their stylish moaning particularly interesting.

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