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While Richard Warren’s previous sonic escapades saw him navigating the outer limits of motorik austerity, the follow-up to 2000’s Volume 2 finds his alter ego’s drone-rock aesthetic enveloped by a warm, electro-pop hue. Despite the vaguest hint of mainstream surrender, the results are as charming as they are accessible, with “Lately Lonely” and “Automatic Eyes” proffering sweet respite from electroclash’s icy self-regard, while the quickened krautrock pulse of “Wasted Spaces” ensures purists are similarly assuaged. The boy done good.

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