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Dragons of Zynth, ‘Coronation Thieves’ (Gigantic)

This Cleveland-bred band’s insanely eclectic debut — recorded with TV on the Radio producer/guitarist Dave Sitek — almost collapses under the weight of its own fuzzy ambitions. Fronted by twins Aku and Akwetey O.T., who learned music theory from jazz great Yusef Lateef, the Dragons mash familiar styles into intri­guing, irregular shapes, with melancholy psychedelia, romantic soul, itchy hip-hop, and frazzled hard rock all subjected to creative abuse. The echo-heavy production and cerebral arrangements sometimes suck the life from the songs, but the gorgeously sludgy “Closer” proves they can generate emotional heat without sacrificing weirdness.

Now Hear This: Dragons of Zynth – “Breaker” DOWNLOAD MP3