Avoidance Theory

Promise to the Refrigerator EP

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Avoidance Theory's Promise to the Refrigerator is quiet, almost falteringly so. Like the appliance to which it's devoted, the EP's haltingly strummed acoustic guitars, nonsensical but cutesy lyrics, and whispered male/female vocals seem to buzz to themselves, their revelry broken occasionally by bursts of light from an open door, echoing distortion, or bursts of electronic squelch. (The reformulated video game noises running through "Bells of Revenge" represent this last factor well). This shelves Avoidance Theory contentedly between the early-'90s lo-fi pop of Six Cents & Natalie, and the clicks and buzzes of the latter-day indie electronica movement. Altogether it's a pleasant experience, like napping on the cool tile in front of your own refrigerator. Highlights include the title track and "View From 300 Million B.C.," where bullfrogs and crickets trigger the samples, and Avoidance Theory's vocals are a charming falsetto croak.

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