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Café Après-midi: Crepuscule for Café Après-midi 2

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The sequel to compiler Toru Hashimoto's retrospective of the underappreciated Brussels indie rock label Disques Du Crepuscule covers even more ground than its predecessor, moving beyond the sophisticated pop that remains the company's calling card and into more complex, classically-inspired work, and even more globally-minded material. For the uninitiated, Disques Du Crepuscule was essentially a Belgian analogue to British Isles imprints like Postcard and Cherry Red, defying the conventional musical wisdom of its early-'80s origins to instead celebrate sophisticated, classicist pop that rejected the abrasiveness of post-punk, and the arch futurism of New Wave in favor of gorgeous vocals, hushed guitars, and bossa nova-inspired rhythms. In short, it's exactly the kind of music the Café Après-midi: Crepuscule for Café Après-midi 2 enterprise has consistently celebrated, and Hashimoto's deft handling of the Crepuscule catalog affirms his affection for the label's output. Highlights this time out include Michael Nyman's "Mozart," Gavin Bryars' "My First Homage," Anna Domino's "Paris," and John Cale's "Antarctica Starts Here."