Static - COLUMBIA
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Kyle Lemmon on October 23, 2013
The shroud of mystery that enveloped Cults leading up to its self-titled debut has all but vanished on the Brooklyn group’s sophomore effort. The fascinating mixture of strange field recordings and lo-fi pop has been replaced with high-sheen gloss, thanks to warm-but-hectic production work from Shane Stonebeck (Sleigh Bells) and Ben Allen (Merriweather Post Pavilion). Still, Brian Oblivion’s knack for delivering ’60s and ’70s guitar riffs and singer Madeline Follin’s slender voice shine through the dissonance at the most unexpected and welcome moments.