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Run_Return Metro North

Run_Return‘s dance club-worthy post-rock vacillates between textured electro nocturnes and a sitcom theme triumphalism as life affirming as Beethoven‘s Fifth. The Oakland trio trades off duties on all instruments: vibraphone, retro keyboards, and agile drumming, plus flanged banjo and skittering guitar. There‘s an odd tendency here to pair instruments with their synthetic counterparts-cellos against keyboard strings, handclaps against synth handclaps and, most admirably, the cut-up interplay between programmed beats and live drumming, as when a live drum break appears, deux ex machina, in the middle of a drum machine-backed song.

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