The MelismaticsPostmodern Rock doesn’t invent any new sounds, but it does cleverly merge moods. Equally uplifting and bummed out, the group burdens peppy keyboard pop with angst-eriffic lyrics such as I remember when I used to like people. The disc offers one catchy melody after another with intriguing, if somewhat superfluous, detours into sitars and beat programming. The live show promises to be the perfect soundtrack for people who, torn between moping and pogoing, eventually decide to do both.

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