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Beyond Playlist: Savoir Adore

Savoir Adore
Machines EP
Cantora Records

This follow-up to the New York-based quintet's 2008 debut, The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat, is the latest in a long line of artists releasing free download EPs to hype upcoming full-lengths. However, this three-song, 10-minute collection shouldn't get lost in the crowd. Infectious-as-hamthrax melodies, deliciously varied instrumentation, and alternating boy/girl vocals from Paul Hammer and Deirdre Muro make Machines addictive, cavity-causing indie pop bliss. The opener, "We Talk Like Machines," which will be included on the outfit's sophomore full-length in August, is driven by a bouncy bass and guitar, chirping in unison, while Hammer and Muro's wistful and ingenuous vocals create just the right bitttersweet balance. If this is an indication of where Savoir Adore is headed, the next album should be a treat. Check out the EP for yourself for free at the band's website.

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