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Sunset Rubdown, ‘Random Spirit Lover’ (Jagjaguwar)

Started as a side project by Wolf Parade singer/keyboardist Spencer Krug, this Montreal band has the grandeur of a main event. Their creepy, absorbing third album brims with the brittle pop practiced by everyone from Sparks to Arcade Fire, piling on layers of tinkly sounds to create a carnivalesque aura. Krug’s fevered jabbering suggests a mind consumed by festering obsessions. When he shouts, “Will you live in the physical world?” on “The Taming of the Hands That Came Back to Life,” lock all the doors.

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