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Stream Zoos of Berlin’s Ornately Cosmopolitan Album ‘Lucifer in the Rain’

Detroit sophisticates return on July 16 via Time No Place/Kompakt

Zoos of Berlin are a Michigan band whose urbane but skewed style of art-pop has few immediate peers, though Roxy Music, the Sea & Cake, Destroyer, and Berlin-era David Bowie are clearly in their family tree. Zoos of Berlin’s 2009 album Taxis introduced the group’s meticulous omnivorousness, stitching up glam, jazz, Afrobeat, postpunk, krautrock, and more into its baroque tapestry.

Lucifer in the Rain, out July 16 via Time No Place and Kompakt, turns those varied influences in a more sweetly melodic direction, as you may have heard on twinkling, ascending opener “Above the Air” (via Stereogum) and majestically jittery “I Went Too Shapeless in the Night” (via Brooklyn Vegan), which, like many songs here, has harmonies recalling the Zombies. Listen to the whole album exclusively below.