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Adult. Why Bother?

Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller are nearly a full decade older than they were when Adult. formed (as Plasma Co.) in 1998 but, for the most part, the Detroit-based duo is still preoccupied with the same themes and sounds that threaded through their proper debut, the Dispassionate Furniture EP. While it's difficult to believe, there's nearly 10 years of material separating Adult.'s latest Thrill Jockey release, Why Bother?, from the buzzing analog synths and head-boxing drum machine patterns of their mysterious, semi-anonymous entrance into the electro world. Yet on the noxious "Good Deeds," where Kuperus hollowly intones, "Lock all the doors and all the windows/The pack is coming," Adult. still manages to sound like the most anxious, paranoid, and uncomfortable band in the world.

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