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The Rip Off Artist New Clear Days

Does the thought of atoms being smashed strike fear into your heart? The Rip Off Artist is happy to help. New Clear Days serves as a primer on the joys and dangers of nuclear power. Its first third edits sounds into glittering, jagged pieces that almost (but not quite) fit back together, creating herky-jerky tunes like "Too Cheap to Meter" that vibrate like excited electrons. A middle section shifts into irradiated ambiance, unsettled by the clicks of a lonely Geiger counter. You'll sleep better after the third section, where tracks like "Duck and Cover" recover a loony humor among the radioactivity.

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