Apes, ‘Ghost Games’ (Gypsy Eyes)
Apes’ fourth album is vexing in ways both pro and con.The band retains the frenzied organ chug and indie-prog lurch of days past, and newish frontman Breck Brunson (who joined in 2006) is an impressively expressive yelper, but Ghost Games never skirts the border of sanity as much as it threatens to. That’s fine for a gentle sawyer like “Walk Thru Walls” or the dramatic, Devo-indebted rush of “Speech Reach,” but for a band built to freak out, too many of the songs here play it safe. Also, no one ever needs to endure the indie-rock equivalent of between-song skits.
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