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No sooner have the Pixies shed their bassist Kim Deal than the enigmatic alt-rockers, undead travellers on the heritage circuit since 2003, stir themselves to release their first substantial body of new work since originally splitting up in 1992. Unfortunately EP1, released last year, was a lacklustre return to songwriting action, and its successor, the equally starkly named EP2, is little better.

Overseen by Doolittle producer Gil Norton, the four-track record opens promisingly with “Blue Eyed Hexe”, a one-note idea with a simple but killer groove, before lapsing into a series of dreary and oddly introverted numbers that coast by on autopilot. It’s life – but not as those who loved the Pixies of old know it.

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(pixiesmusic.com)

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