98697City Slang – February 5th

Rejuvenated after five years working with Caribou, Jessy Lanza and on their own solo projects, Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus’ sixth album as Junior Boys is equal parts familiarity and revelation. Though their trademark luscious-but-pensive delivery remains, the influence of Detroit techno looms large, with their grooves meaner in spirit. They thrive in unabashed pop, like the classic disco of ‘Baby Give Up On It’ or ‘You Say That’’s infectious chorus, yet on their slower turns – ‘C’mon Baby’ or the barely-there ‘No One’s Business’ – you may find your attention slipping (unless you’re really, really into how nice distorted synths can sound). Minor quibbles however, and though So This Is Goodbye remains the place newcomers should start, they should don a Big Black Coat soon after.
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