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With this year’s second album under his Savath & Savalas identity, Scott Herren retreats gently back into a world of avant-garde glitch that previous LP Apropa’t seemed to have left behind. There, hooking up with Spanish vocalist Eva Puyuelo Muns, he concocted a delightfully lightweight world of summery Spanish psychedelica, but here he immerses himself in cut-and-paste trickery that overshadows the genuinely pretty nature of songs like “Ya Estoy De Vuelta”. Muns remains a soothing presence, but the electronic flutters and twists are more distracting than innovative, leaving a record that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Too clever for its own good.

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