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Jelly Is Set!

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This adjunct to the Triangulum album concentrates on remixes from that record and a stand-alone song, along with the winsomely poppy title track itself, one of Triangulum's highlights. With its low-key pop pace -- instrumentation is little more than a calm drum machine beat, soft keyboards, and bass -- the slightly but engagingly off "The Jelly Is Set!" gets its final odd little touch thanks to the loping, half-sung, half-spoken vocals. It gets a touch too gooey toward the end, but there's been stranger in the world. The remix, from fellow neo-easy listening oddballs the Gentle People, turns the track into a nearly eight-minute-long dancefloor groove. While nobody would mistake this for slamming 'ardkore or the like, it almost feels like a bit of prime Deee-Lite mixed with the '60s moves One Star makes their own. Hearing the snippets of vocals swirl around the build-ups and breakdowns translates into enjoyable fun no matter how it's sliced. Figurine's remix of "Triangulum," meanwhile, is appropriately blissed-out semi-ambient techno, working toward a wonderful conclusion that is as melancholic as it is sweetly spacy. As for "Kolobox," the easy guitar swing and soft singing make it very quietly pleasant, though it's almost as if some bite -- heck, any bite -- would be an improvement.