Additional Bands: Sacco , Mood Rings
Price: $16 - $25
Location: Philadelphia , PA
By K. Ross Hoffman
Some things have changed for Cults since they first won us over with the glockenspieled insouciance of their calling-card single, “Go Outside,” and the sweetly winsome debut album that followed. The band’s golden couple, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, called things off romantically last year, though they’ve thankfully decided to stick together — musically speaking — for the kids. Oblivion also took some impressive strides toward living up to his moniker, embarking on a drug-addled sojourn to Japan and developing a fascination with broken television sets that informed the title and prevailing imagery of the duo’s second LP. But much has also stayed the same: Given that backstory, Static (Columbia) almost defiantly mirrors its predecessor in its presentation (similar cover, similarly concise construction), and it boasts exactly the same sort of smart, yearning, indelible melodies (rendered in Follin’s entrancing, alternately dusky and girlish coo); the same blend of fastidious, ’60s-girl-group-style craft and artily atmospheric coloration that made their first album so refreshing. It’s a bigger, bolder, richer restaking of their unique stylistic claim; straight-up harder-rocking and more poignantly swooning. Basically, it’s everything you’d want from the follow-up to a great debut.