The Soateramic Sounds of Magoo

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The 23 brief tracks on Soateramic Sounds... are a giddy cacophony of fuzzy pop gems. Magoo's songs are noisy, quirky, and occasionally low-fi, but above all they're hooky, with sing-along choruses and friendly melodies packed into every second. It's quite a likeable approach -- some of the album's tracks are rockers, others are mid-tempo pop songs, and still others, surprisingly enough, are atmospheric and rather mellow. Each song casually dedicates itself to churning out snappy, memorable structures. Between the band's charming generosity with melody, their scattered and idiosyncratic approach to instrumental presentation, and their inexhaustible supply of hooks, Soateramic Sounds... proves to be an immensely satisfying listen.

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