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Electrelane:: No shouts, No alarms (Album Review)

Written in Berlin and recorded in Michigan, the cosmopolitan quartet’s fourth album proffers glinting indie rock served with a dash of art school hauteur. Thus, Stereolab and Neu! influences abound, while connoisseurs’ bonnets are sporadically doffed to post-punk avatars like The Auteurs. Having eschewed the over-earnest knob-twiddling of erstwhile producer Steve Albini, Verity Susman’s vocals and Mia Clarke’s guitars now sound crisp and urgent, and when the envelope gets pushed – as on the strings and horns-caressed In Berlin – the band’s detached cool melts into a pleasing joi de vivre.
(David Sheppard)