Tortoise off-shoot, featuring Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen

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Brokeback – Look At The Bird

Doug McCombs and Noel Kupersmith’s (aka Brokeback’s) third LP attempts more traditional song arrangements. But true to McCombs’ Chicago-centric instincts?guest appearances from Jim O’Rourke among others?Brokeback don’t deviate from post-rock, with only a tinge of jazz noir as respite. For while silvery reverb may now predominate, slow-shifting movements and droning textures show McCombs choosing familiarity over fresh adventures. It’s hypnotic stuff, but for a side project it’s self-defeating.