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Junior Boys - Banana Ripple

If your musical discussions are confined to thinkpiece warzones, two weeks can feel like a lifetime and two years a fucking eternity. So even if there's a "moment" for "indie R&B" right now, it's easy to forget that Junior Boys' restrained and classy Begone Dull Care was shrugged off because making it look so effortless meant it wasn't novel anymore. The temptation to reclaim that territory is understandable, and "Banana Ripple" does announce itself as a statement, but in the Junior Boys style. Which means even amidst nine minutes of their typically luxuriant minimalism, you can't shake that Jeremy Greenspan might still be holding something back from us. Alternately accusatory and resigned, Greenspan feels like he's sorting things out in real time while "Banana Ripple" is never sure of when it's finished or what it has to say. A steady house pulse and perfectly arranged streaks of synths both harsh and posh run throughout, and while it sounds like it could dissolve into a volley of falsetto at 3:30, four minutes later, a mournful organ sigh tells him it's time to go... only after two additional minutes of comedown drone. It'll be interesting to hear it in context as the closer of It's All True, but "Banana Ripple" itself is a subtly cathartic stunner that ends without feeling like it's truly over.
 by Ian Cohen 

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