Eccsame the Photon Band

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The obscurely titled Eccsame the Photon Band is the Lilys' detour into spartan dream-pop, a guise they wear quite well. Kurt Heasley's soft, distanced voice is ideally suited to the coldly atmospheric textures of tracks like the langorous opener "High Writer at Home" and the narcotically catchy "The Hermit Crab," and while not everything works -- too many of the ideas here are simply not realized to their fullest extent -- the record is still one of the Lilys' best. It's a shame they shed this particular skin so quickly.

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