SELF-EVIDENT: Lost Inside the Machinery: CD

I feel smarter after having listened to this album. Self-Evident’s latest opus is obviously stellar, with math-y, acrobatic soundscapes giving your brain a free workout. These Minneapolis cats relish writing challenging songs bolstered by discordant melodies. Sounding at once like cerebral emo heroes Owls and post-punk gods Drive Like Jehu, Self-Evident has cracked the code for greatness with Lost Inside the Machinery. -Simone Carter (doubleplusgood, [email protected], doubleplusgoodrecords.com)