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Cyann & Ben Sweet Beliefs

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Put a set of headphones on and Sweet Beliefs will hurl you into outer space; not a surprising feat for the Parisian quartet that already has three albums of noodly, starfield post-rock under its belt. With each record, C&B has made changes on the microscopic level, refining their winding washes down to the core. Sweet Beliefs seems to be the distillate, the end result of all this toiling. And while it's tempting to fault the band for seeing their sound through to its logical end, or neglecting to push things anywhere else, there's just too much heartbreaking beauty ("In Union With"), too much spookiness ("Words), and way too many sonic treats at work to damn it. Can a band get too good at being itself? In the case of C&B, the answer is a resounding no.