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Human Performance (Rough Trade)

Levitating Platters

This consistently superlative NYC post-punk quartet turns a new corner with its fifth outing. Moderating the spellbinding verbosity that saturated previous high-water marks like "Ducking & Dodging" from 2014's Sunbathing Animal gives this latest batch more space to develop and marinate. Droll opener "Dust" cops a minimalist German prog groove that worms into the subconscious, and the title track's meditation on relational breakdown crushes a trad-pop tear jerk in on itself. "One Man, No City" steers a breezy bongo jam into a fusillade of fuzz. (Sat., 4:35pm, Reverberation stage)

***.5

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