Chris Gerard: British synthpop duo Darkstar will release their third album, Foam Island, on September 25. This preview is glitchy computer pop that has some interesting textures and a lurching rhythm, but it doesn’t quite gel as a piece of music. It’s got that “sad computer” vibe that’s already been perfected by others, and there’s not much in the way of melody. The whole thing is kinda monotonous. It’s a surprising choice to lead a new album—“Through the Motions” is an apt title. Perhaps it should have been a b-side instead. [4/10]
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