Vitesse

What Can Not Be, But Is...

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Vitesse continues to wear their influences proudly on their sleeve, delivering another batch of Magnetic Fields- and Factory Records-inspired songs on their third album, What Can Not Be, But Is.... However, the prominence of their inspirations in their music ends up being more reassuring than disappointing; pretty, bittersweet songs like "A Statue on Easter Island," "The Writing on the Wall," and "Starlight" will please fans of old and new indie pop alike with their simple, dreamy synth melodies. What Can Not Be, But Is... features covers as natural as OMD's "2nd Thought" and as unusual as Bruce Springsteen's "Unsatisfied Heart," both of which fit in perfectly with the rest of Vitesse's stylishly sad material. Though the group doesn't really break any new ground with this album, What Can Not Be, But Is... is so soothingly pretty that it doesn't really matter.

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