Soundtrak

Soundtrak

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On its eponymous debut EP for Ace Fu, Philadelphia's Soundtrak proves quite adept at the kind of heartfelt, yet oddly standoffish sound favored by types like Buffseeds -- it's music that reads up on Brit-pop and late-'80s college rock, then wraps choice elements from those studies in a fashionable new coat. Soundtrak even cops the art direction of such albums, its colorful, yet somehow austere hot air balloon shot suggesting the look of an old Cast single doing time in the 'imports' bin. Frontman Jorge Gonzalez has the bombast and quiver to give lines like "As surely as the sun will rise" (from the dreamy rush of opener "In Time") some heft, while chiming guitars add sunlight to the steely edges of "Hardest Day" and "Latest Craze." It's hard to shake the notion that you've heard it all before. But if it was pretty good then, what's the difference?

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