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Robbers on High Street’s ‘Fatal’ Fantasy

Building on the dynamic multi-instrumentalism of their 2005 debut, Tree City, Robbers on High Street deliver their delightfully ambitious follow up, Grand Animals. The NYC craftsmen are in full form, expanding on their textured and lively melodies that manage to excel epic proportions while reaching for the heartstrings, too. The new LP features excellent experimentation care of howling horns and symphonic strings arranged by Daniele Luppi, former collaborator to the likes of Gnarls Barkley and John Legend. On “The Fatalist,” the trio’s enjoyable repertoire weaves effortlessly, colored with foxtrot foot taps and prominent bass plucks. The sound recalls the organic sunny day ’60s pop of Voxtrot with song-written scenes that could have come from Sufjan Stevens. It’s a devilish delight about nagging psychic ills, as lead singer Ben Trokan demands you “give in, let go, and tell The Fatalist.” Likewise, once you dive into the pretty pop world of the Robbers on High Street, you might never turn back either. Grand Animals comes roars July 24th via New Line.

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Robbers on High Street — “The Fatalist” DOWNLOAD MP3

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