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Racoon Bandit

Into the Hills (Collagen Rock)

On its second album, this PEI quartet adds more layers, which tend to obscure the lyrics somebody spent so much time dreaming up. When the words do cut through---like on “Get Off”---there are shards of engaging scenario and story. “I like that you’ve got intellect not ruined by too much internet" is a sharp line from “Catch/Release,” which could be about seduction or memory loss, embellished by sweeping strings a la Arcade Fire. All the spooky “oohs” need an extra syllable or two to lift the sense of gloom and let in the light that will bring you back. That winter Island wind, if not an inspiration, is at least a silent partner.
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