Fun electro-popped, mauled by drum machines.
Kindest Lines are a three-piece specializing in the kind of synth-heavy electro-pop often associated with the early 1980s, but actually possessing more verve and muscle than much of that era's Tears-for-Spandau-in-the-Dark output. Keyboardist and vocalist Brittany Terry has a suitably dreamy voice, propped up--and sometimes engulfed--by rich layers of rhythmic drones and guitars, while drum machines ensure that everything keeps trundling along. The drum machines are this band's Achilles' heel, though: their tinny snare often threatens to overwhelm otherwise fine songs such as album opener "Hazy Haze", or the spaced-out "Dark Dream". Elsewhere, as on the dreamy-yet-propulsive "Baltimore" and "No Perfect Focus", the percussion takes a much-needed back seat. This doesn't happen enough, though, and with the rattling percussion, the band seems committed to providing a get-up-and-dance set of tunes as much as something that might be otherwise listenable. Memo to the band: get a drummer. Your sound will improve tenfold.