Lightning

When Matt Johnson nasally sing-songs, "We've all danced alone," on "I Wonder," a hip-hop homage on his Brooklyn duo's fourth LP, you've already gathered that this guy busts his moves mirror-side. The band's thrift-store pastiche, from that track's skidding-siren hook to a few not-quite-ecstatic EDM-style builds, has a manic, self-aware intensity – call it grandiosi-twee. And try to take it in small doses.

Listen to Lightning:

From The Archives Issue 1167: October 11, 2012