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Shocking Pinks, ‘Shocking Pinks’ (DFA/ Astralwerks)

The Shocking Pinks’ self-titled debut could be the result of a supergroup featuring members of bands on the fabled New Zealand label Flying Nun — the Clean, the Chills, the Verlaines, the Bats. This is no accident, as Pinks leader Chris Harte grew up immersed in the influential jangle of his homeland, where there were hooks to burn. It also appears that Harte wore out an import copy of My Bloody Valentine’s Isn’t Anything (see “Blonde Haired Girl”). Revivalist? Sure, but this refreshing, smarter side of the late ’80s has yet to be co-opted into a hipster fashion show.

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