Returning to all-instrumentals for Change might seem like an attenuation of Nishita's gifts, but not so fast. "Glitch in Da System" is vibey '60s soul with tilted countermelodies that fold in on each other at odd angles, and "Another Day" is a gorgeously earthy, acoustic blend of arching bossa nova and flamenco guitar work. The album's most sweetly evocative track is "Rain (NYC)" -- reedy keyboard, quiet samba guitars, and shimmering clarinet flourishes that are appropriately Gershwinish. It's unmistakable and heartbreaking: the breezy lovers' city of Woody Allen's Manhattan, whose cosmopolitan intimacy none of us may ever feel again in quite the same way. Funkier than the Beastie workouts (which always strained a little) and more fully realized than the veritable snippets on Keyboard Repair, the 18 cuts on Change is Coming are less of a carnival than Push the Button, but sleek, sweet, and eclectic nonetheless.
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