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The Brooklynites with ideas bursting from every pore unleash their latest eclectic indie groove machine... Is it third time lucky?

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The Brooklyn experimentalists’ third album often wilfully threatens to ooze pop appeal through a grille of syncopated beats, twisted synth notes and samples.

This is no mean achievement for a band who trade on their broad palette of bewildering aural offerings packed into every song.

The postmodern psychtronica throws up beguiling moments from the Close Encounters-style otherworldliness that splits Henrietta’s crunchy pop in half, to disfigured pop gem Longevity, a loping, bleep-dusted urban pop offcut.

But no matter how off-kilter the drumstick rattles and electronic organ notes are, how much Prince-style funk or Eastern rhythm is deployed there’s a groove to much of Fragrant World.

It’s not as overtly melodic as predecessor Odd Blood, nor as emphatically experimental and oblique as their debut - and it does feel a little like they’re trying too hard at times. But give it a while and it’ll worm its way into your heart.

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