Editors’ Notes Thirty years is a long time for any artistic endeavor to exist, let alone turn out greatness, but David Kilgour, brother Hamish, and Robert Scott just keep surprising us. In the eight years since their last studio release, Getaway, the musicians have continued to pursue other projects (The Bats, Magick Heads, Heavy Eights, The Mad Scene), which may help keep things fresh between the three old friends. Mister Pop has a decidedly psychedelic feel to it as a whole (“Loog,” “Moonjumper,” “Are You Really On Drugs”), oftentimes blended with a Middle Eastern flavor (especially delicious on “Asleep In the Tunnel”). Rather than employing their trademark, propulsive jangle, Mister Pop subtly whooshes along, offering a more relaxed, cerebral delivery instead of an adrenaline-fueled trip. The meandering “Simple Fix” evokes a Sunday drive in the country, while the pulsing “Tensile” is all airborne guitars, hovering over the Autobahn. “In the Dreamlife...” does jangle, but at a breezy, summery pace, and “Factory Man” could be the Kinks by way of New Zealand. Eight years was worth the wait.

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