Newcomers Traitors to the Queen take their synths on a ride through Pro Tools en route to something like the odd love child of Death Cab for Cutie and Radiohead. Seems, crazy, yes, but remember: Both bands are sad — make that all three. But life is working out just fine for Messrs Gibbard (got the dream girl) and Yorke (dancing awkwardly) right now, partly because this sort of music has started to sound less mechanized with time as we've all adjusted to the idea of computer-aided music. Here, the Traitors are able to turn blips and bloops into big, arching melodrama. They can also keep it a little more terse and mean, and that's a better look.
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