Ultraista

You'd expect an album involving Nigel Godrich, the Radiohead collaborator-superproducer, and Joey Waronker, drummer for Beck, R.E.M. and many others, to be full of dazzling arrangements and killer beats. And so it is. Memorable songs? Not so much. But Laura Bettinson's vocals bounce around prettily, another cool ingredient in a krautrock-Afrobeat stew that sounds better each time you notch up the volume.

Listen to "Bad Insect":

From The Archives Issue 1169: November 8, 2012