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Is there a more dispiriting phrase than “indie blog buzz”? Nothing carries the tang of impending obscurity like it. Cults, much buzzed about on their first album but buzz-free on its follow-up, are feeling its chill.

However the New York duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin make a decent fist of the unpromising situation on Static, invoking the spirit of a Phil Spector girl group in a lush, hazy landscape of reverb guitar and swirling organ.

Cults

Static

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