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Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, ‘Buzzard’ (Mariel)

After butting heads with their major-label bosses at Epic over 2008’s Animal album, the Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s return to the indie ranks for the thoroughly gripping Buzzard. Richard Edwards’ uneasy songs are masterpieces of controlled tension, pairing his glum voice and terse electric guitars to striking effect as he spits out lines such as “I’m never gonna break your heart / Not unless I have to.” Occasionally, Edwards takes a surrealistic detour (“Let’s Paint Our Teeth Green,” “Tiny Vampire Robot”), adding a creepy edge to the pervasive discomfort.