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The Cave Singers, ‘Invitation Songs’ (Matador)

Taking a cue from the Violent Femmes’ hopped-up folk, this Seattle trio brings subtle twists to seemingly simple sounds. Singer Pete Quirk combines the vigor of Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and the word-slurring flair of a young Michael Stipe, then adds his own neurotic charisma, making anxiety seem like a real swell time. If “Called” and “Dancing on Our Graves” try too hard to conjure the spooky vibe of ancient American roots music, the persistent acoustic guitars produce waves of modern static tension.

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