Holy Ghost!

The black veils have barely been lifted for LCD Soundsystem, but their DFA imprint is quick to offer a successor: Holy Ghost!, a New York dance-pop duo with barbed hooks and a penchant for dramatics. This discotheque is guarded by one genius doorman: Luke Jenner (from the Rapture) and Michael McDonald (from the Doobie Brothers and a solo career of marblemouthed soul-pop) both drop in, the latter for an improbable but fully committed cameo on the sultry "Some Children." Holy Ghost! gradually fold Bee Gees-style falsetto harmonies into percolating synth grooves: the buildup is spry, and the late-set payoff is exceptional, from the shrewd "Static on the Wire" to their preening Freddie Mercury homage ("Slow Motion"). Theirs is flirtatious, but far from mindless, fun.

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