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This week Future of the Left, Metric, and Spaceghostpurrp

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Future of the Left
The PlotAgainstCommonSense
(Xtra Mile)
★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

It's been three years since these Welsh rockers' last full-length (and seven since FOTL formed from the ashes of Mclusky), but the unflinching and unhinged assault of this, their third album, sounds very much like a young, fearless band that has yet to be dulled into repetition and predictability. FOTL has always sounded like a band on the verge of spontaneous combustion, but The Plot is more relentlessly intense than their previous work, defining the best possibilities for explosive, heavy and quick-witted indie rock. – Jason Ferguson

Metric
Synthetica
(Mom & Pop)
★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

"I'm just as fucked up as they say," belts Metric singer Emily Haines in the first lyric of the Canadian indie rockers' fifth studio album, and you'll have to take her word on that because Synthetica bears the sound of professionals in full swing and total control. Massive hooks abound, lyrics break the 19th wall ("Youth Without Youth") and choruses go skydiving ("Breathing Underwater"). All the while, Metric never take their eyes off the target: total pop majesty.
– Justin Strout

Spaceghostpurrp
MysteriousPhonk: Chronicles of Spaceghostpurrp
(4ad)
★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

Spaceghostpurrp rolls with hip rap folks, counting Harlem upstart A$AP Rocky and the oversized Odd Future crew as regular collaborators. But despite the lofty co-signs, the Miami-based producer and rapper exists in his own distinct world, conjuring up dank and dirty tracks that combine a lo-fi charm with his hushed vocals. On "Paranoid" he may brag about being "from the south side of FLA where the O.G.s reside," but Purpp's music pitches for a spacey vibe far above the street level. – Phillip Mlynar

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