Editors’ Notes Scott Helland (whose résumé includes Deep Wound and Outpatients) drives riffs and corresponding rhythms down the French Bowery. “Fe Fi Fo Fum” rattles environmental apathy with earth-rumbling guitar riffs. The nocturnal vibe coloring “Strangers After Midnight” and “Batgirl” illustrate Samantha Stephenson’s growth as a singer, moving beyond lipstick traces of Siouxsie and Piaf for a playful role as gothic seductress. The tender “Carried Away” recalls The Pretenders’ “I Go to Sleep.” “Mirror Mirror” evokes X with on-key harmonies, while “Forever and Ever MC Escher” glides on elliptical power chords and a soothing coo for complex, transcendent indie pop.

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