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Starf–ker, ‘Jupiter’ (Badman)

This spazzy quartet’s second album belies their unfit-to-fully-print name: It’s an amiable, compact collection of synth-pop fizz that lands between Gary Numan’s “Cars” and the Cars on the neo-new-wave spectrum. “Medicine” and “Boy Toy” pop with breathy crooning over manic organ, and even though “Jupiter” skews darker, its mechanized percussion almost blissfully lofts the sad-robot melody into the ether. Cheeky? Yeah. A verbatim version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a little too predictably dazzling. But while most retro aesthetes are funny-once bores, Starfucker’s party trick is a thriller.

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