Nancy Urich and Seth Smith return two years after Deformer sounding fuller again, sending waves of their special brand of thoughtul fuzz-pop across the city (and the country: Fade Out has been number one on the Earshot charts). Trading vocals and guitar lines, Fade Out takes a walk around life, touching subjects like economics ("Dirtbag"), veganism ("Sandwich") and the internet ("Interview"), ending with one of the clearest-eyed, downer love songs ever, "Before Us." As a whole the record–made in the duo's home studio–kicks out the rock while threading in some terrific textured touches. Repeated listens required.

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