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Tears From the Electric Eye (www.20goto10.us)

When 20goto10's Sara Eugene announces, "It's a shame to be so young," it's easy to understand where she's coming from. 20goto10's throbbing synthpop might have made the band a household name two decades ago.

Instead, this trio finds itself ensconced in a new-wave revival alongside acts like Adult. and Ladytron. Atop bright, buoyant synth and whooshing lasers and Atari sound effects, Eugene sings of "Futurescapes" and "Humannequins" in a voice that's pretty and detached -- like some exotic flower frozen in amber. The band swings from dizzy robot rock ("The Wrong Connection") to thumping electro ("Without You"), where it sounds kind of like the Eurythmics with a better record collection. Like the best pop from the early '80s, Tears From the Electric Eye questions artifice while smothering itself in digital disaffection. This is the crest of the new new wave.

More by Jason Bracelin

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