Field Music, ‘Tones of Town’ (Memphis Industries)

This fresh-faced trio makes pop music for snobs, bending familiar sounds into odd shapes, like an even more fidgety XTC. In less ironic hands, the creamy-sweet voices (shades of Yes or Supertramp) and clean, perky grooves might be a source of mindless comfort, but here, they’re unstable elements in a constantly shifting landscape that induces a sense of gnawing anxiety. For all its obvious wit and fizzy energy, Tones of Town ultimately feels self-congratulatory and a bit cold-hearted.

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