The Airborne Toxic Event

The Secret

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The Secret is the EP teaser for Airborne Toxic Event's third album, Such Hot Blood. Here, the band's signatures are certainly in place -- sky-scraping indie arena rock, equal parts U2 and Cure -- and there is a newer wrinkle of an Arcade Fire influence. Apart from the somewhat barbed closer, each song here is a sober, stately procedural, all the urgency arriving in its choruses, all the mystery in the verse. It's solid stuff but once Such Hot Blood arrives later in 2013, the need for this EP lessens, as all four cuts here are also on the finished LP.

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