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Shapes and Sizes, ‘Split Lips, Winning Hips, a Shiner’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Shapes and Sizes don’t play songs as much as teeter toward them, frequently finding grand, cabaret-style moments in their slipshod quest for inspiration. When weird sounds find well-placed melodies, it’s impossible to turn away-“Alone/Alive” adds threadbare indie guitars to theatrical female vocals, left-field swooshes, and terrific tempo changes, while “The Horse’s Mouthy Mouth” feels like Broadway gone wonderfully to seed. Imagine the Fiery Furnaces, if they had more respect for structure and no energy to waste on concepts.

Now Watch This:Shapes and Sizes – “Alone/Alive” video