The Age of Fracture comes with weighty references. The album’s title is taken from a book about social atomisation by Princeton historian Daniel T Rodgers while one of the tracks is inspired by Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain. So it’s no surprise to learn that Cymbals’ singer goes by the name of Jack Cleverly; nor that the London quartet pursue a similar kind of brainy indietronica as Metronomy or Hot Chip. At their best they transform all the ideas into nicely catchy music, as with the way “Like an Animal” implores us to “listen to the wisdom of the brain” over a deft disco beat.


The Age of Fracture

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