PLAGUE BOYS: Great Skate: CS

Three-song EP by this synth‘n’guitar duo from Austin. The music is stiff and smiley in a way that would have cleaned up (figuratively, hahaha) at a Brooklyn loft in the mid-’00s. I wish it was either more robotic or rocking because it’s in a restrained middle ground that doesn’t quite get the party started. –Chris Terry (plagueboys.bandcamp.com)