The New York duo plays spiky, dense and danceable pop-rock songs with an electronic pulse. Voices is the sound of a band at ease and assured in its moment, as it seizes every scrap of momentum it's created for itself.
The music Ari Picker makes with his band is masterful at eliciting sweeping emotional responses, and at ensuring that a single emotion never dominates any one piece. Past Life isn't melancholy, and it isn't upbeat. It's both, and everything else besides.
The garage-rock band Davila 666 is on a break, but its singer has a tremendous new solo album. Terror Amor stays close to AJ Davila's garage-rock/doo-wop/punk roots, but dares to play with fun new elements.