Editors’ Notes On its previous outing, 2006’s Monument to the Masses, L.A.’s Ima Robot came off as a fun, feisty bunch of misfits making quirky, genre-mashing pop-punk music you could dance to. Then founder Alex Ebert started a new band, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, whose soulful hippiedom cast a long (and hirsute!) shadow over the snappy and clever Ima Robot in 2009. As if wrestling with an evil (but innocent and well-meaning) doppelgänger, Ebert came back out of left space-field in 2010 with Ima Robot’s third album, Another Man’s Treasure. It surprised everyone with a musicologist’s dream offering: electronic, ambient, dance, and world sounds, Eno/Byrne-ness, and jazz all blend into this heady brew. More psychedelic than pop, more meditative than party-ready, songs like the Can-ish “Rough Night,” the fantastically trance-inducing “Swell,” and the meandering faux-reggae “Life Is Short” all make for transcendent listening. If Ebert can keep both of these wonderful musical entities going, the world will be a better place.

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One Man's Trash
1
0:50
 
Ruthless
2
6:41
 
Rough Night
3
5:53
 
Life Is Short
4
6:41
 
Sail With Me
5
6:08
 
Pass It On
6
5:40
 
Shine Shine
7
5:20
 
Swell
8
8:55
 

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