Le Car

Automatic

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"Automatic" is a mini-LP of sorts, and Le Car's first official release on the Austrian Sabotage label, whose own predilections toward good-natured cheek-tonguing makes Le Car's brand of lo-fi new wave/electro a logical fit. "Automatic" is essentially five tracks and three short vignettes, the former amounting to some of the group's most melodically and rhythmically integrated work to date. Foregrounding the inclination toward late-'70s/early-'80s weirdo techno-pop far more implicit in earlier recordings, Le Car manage whole songs -- and good ones, too -- where past releases settled for sketches.