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Now You Are This

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Plenty of bands check the box next to "My Bloody Valentine" on the influences section of their application to Indie Rock U, but few have put in the all-night study sessions necessary to successfully conjure the shoegaze sound. On its fourth original full-length, San Francisco three-piece Numbers shows it's done its homework, layering scratchy feedback and synthesized doo-dads on top of primitively sung indie-dance tracks. The resulting hybrid sounds oddly fresh and redundant at the same time, as if the band hasn't yet figured out how to synthesize all its prior course work into a convincing senior thesis. 3 stars

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