Progressive, atmospheric, electronic:Â Indeed, these three words describe UK-bred band Younger Brother efficiently enough. But with a cult-like British following (think 2003â€™s classic A Flock of Bleeps), itâ€™s clear that the band canâ€™t be limited to such descriptions. Its fast-track fifth effort, Vaccine, breaks free of confining categories â€“ with success, and occasionally, dissonance.
Chris Martin meets Bon Iver on â€œCrystalline,â€ the soaring, yet frantic, first track. The band borrows Coldplayâ€™s trademark choruses and Justin Vernonâ€™s famed falsetto in an odd, yet strangely satisfying sample of whatâ€™s to come. â€œShineâ€ quickly shifts to a seemingly synth-y, â€˜80s-esque dance track. Low-key verses ready a yearning, earnest chorus where the falsetto, quite fittingly, shines. This apt success continues on the drum-centric â€œPound a Rhythmâ€ and Incubus-lite offering, â€œSafety in Numbers.â€
This penchant for mish-mash, however, isnâ€™t always a success. The discâ€™s latter half often overwhelms with excess electronica (â€œSpinning into Placeâ€), stale and static beats (â€œSystem 700â€), and a lightweight ending (â€œTetrisâ€).
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