Mystery Jets, ‘Zootime’ (Dim Mak)
Zoos haven’t been cool since Paul Simon called giraffes “insincere” in the late ’60s, yet Mystery Jets make a helluva case for them on this British family band’s debut album. In fact, somewhere between the first and 85th time they scream “Zootime!” in the title track, they whip up a raucous mess of thudding bass drum, Exocet guitar screech, and glorious exuberance. When that energy peaks, with the intricate tempos of “The Boy Who Ran Away” and the Pink Floydskimming “Horse Drawn Cart,” the group’s scuzzy rock is irresistible. And though their bids for introspective gravitas are too ironic, there’s enough promise here to rattle more cages soon.