Cruel Runnings

These Brooklyn guys spent their first three records finding out how many pop subgenres they could fit into a single album. (The answer: a ton.) On their fourth effort, the Mini T's skip the wild swerving for a surprisingly cohesive set of sun-drenched, self-aware, often silly synthpop grooves. Lead single "Used to Be the Shit" is the kind of kiss-off that Vampire Weekend would have written if they'd skipped class to smoke weed on the couch more often; the cutesiness of album highlight "Selfish Girl," meanwhile, contains multitudes. Sure, Cruel Runnings is a bit of a one-trick pony – but, you have to admit, it's a pretty great trick.

From The Archives Issue 1211: June 19, 2014