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The latest release by Chicago quintet Remaindermen reveals a seven-track indie-pop offering whose trippy overtones resonate with a jam-band meets psychedelic act mentality affixing itself to the band’s jangly cracks of disjointed melody, oddball structure and off-kilter instrumentation (“Little Gene”). While this band enjoys a good flight into outer space via their musical output, once launched, songs like “White Lodge” seems content on merely floating, uninterested in exploring past phase one. Nonetheless, BORDER STATES contains a smattering of sullen and quirky whispery shuffles vying for a cross between hipster chic and lounge-y background music.
- Mike SOS