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The Cars Are The Stars Fragments

It‘s always interesting when indie rock bands try their hand at ambient atmospheric. France‘s The Cars Are Stars-formerly known as Playdoh, but Hasbro shut that down-offers one of those efforts. Most of Fragments is dreamy as hell; some pieces, like "Ardor," are stunning in their fastidious attention to the tiniest sonic detail (check the barely-audible scraping sounds). Unfortunately, the chunky vocal tracks are less engaging. Nostalgia flows freely on this album, and it does its work: Fragments makes you long for a place you‘ve been-or maybe somewhere that you haven‘t been yet.

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