CD Review: YACHT

See Mystery Lights (DFA)

James Murphy's latest signing have already released three albums, so unlike their labelmates, they don't sound all that much like LCD Soundsystem. They're also more percussion-driven and groove-minded than many of their DFA peers. Still, Yacht toil in the same too-cool-for-art-school scene and load their songs with tons of bells and whistles (literally). When they snag a melody and ride it — like on the opening "Ring the Bell" and the wheezy "I'm in Love With a Ripper" — they turn See Mystery Lights into a booty-shakin' party with brains. And "Summer Song" is about as close to a seasonal anthem as pasty hipsters will ever get. But the boy-girl duo sound so detached from their music at times, it's hard to find a pulse. And a mere summer song won't warm them up. — Michael Gallucci

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