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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 

Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

The band uses electronic music (wide, fuzzy analogue-sounding synths and samples), as a painter does underpainting: to combine with but mainly to ground the top-level, primary elements, which are drawn from early-era post-punk and new wave (bright guitar tones, lots of crashing cymbals and toms to fill in). Co-produced with Philippe Zdar, one-half of the French house duo Cassius, the collaboration works especially well on the instrumental "Love Like a Sunset, Pt. I," the closing track "Armistice" and the best song, "Fences." It brings disco and didactic message together seamlessly. Hopefully Phoenix won't join similar and too quickly forgotten groups such as Gallygows, from Barcelona, or Belgium's Tahiti 80.

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