The San Francisco–to–Brooklyn trio Weekend beautifully captures the ringing, pulsing sound that back in the early '80s was the sign of a new “alternative” band from the U.K. On Weekend's second full-length album, Jinx, a tune such as “Oubliette” brings to mind bands such as Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, The Cure, and Depeche Mode, back from the days when those bands were far from the mainstream and considered rather weird. Except, of course, they weren’t odd so much as simply “new," and the years have taught us that lurking in that highly stylized approach are songs every bit as approachable and inspiring as their more straightforward contemporaries. While Weekend has clearly mastered the art of this retro-alt sound and its eerie atmospheric backdrop, the band has also shown its way with a song. “Celebration, FL”—with its multiple vocals attacking from each side—captures all the tension and beauty of this approach. “Adelaide” sticks with a beautiful yearning. “Just Drive” strips down enough to hear the skeletal beginnings of the trio’s sound.

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