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My Favorite

Love at Absolute Zero

(Double Agent)

How do you sound retro and contemporary at the same time? Ask My Favorite because they’ve pulled off a minor coup in co-opting the sounds of early ‘80s new wave—think OMD and early Depeche Mode, with dashes of Bowie—while imbibing their tunes with a strangely modern mood that dovetails nicely with indie’s current popularity.


Funny thing is, My Favorite isn’t some London Britpop leftover—they hail from the most unlikely of places, Long Island. Highlights such as “Absolute Beginners Again” pump out wiggly analogue synthesizer tunes and beats at a ferocious pace, while Michael Grace Jr. does his best David Gahan impersonation. Far from being a mere nostalgia album, Love at Absolute Zero proves new wave’s proclaimed death in the ‘80s was way too premature, while My Favorite shows there is plenty of gas left in the genre’s tank.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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