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Boomkat Product Review:
**Includes mp3 download card redeemable from the label** Debonair synth-pop reductions from Brooklyn's mighty Silk Flowers, following their recent album for Post Present Medium with a fresh EP on Captured Tracks. The US is a crazy hotbed of neo minimal wave at the moment, but SF can claim to have been on this tip before most of their peers; and what continues to be great about their music is that for all its retro pretensions, it still sounds completely, authentically naive and exploratory. 'Brush Fires' is the band's opening gambit here, a pulsating number driving by elegantly chunky analogue bass, plangent pads and THAT singing voice - a fruity baritone that channels Ian Curtis by way of John Maus and The Cookie Monster (love it or hate it, you sure as hell can't ignore it). The second half of the EP is instrumental, and much as we dig those vocals, their absence here allows more attention to be focussed on the band's impressive musical inner workings. 'This Stays' is just totally beguiling, coming over like a reanimated John Bender sketch or a lost track from John Foxx's The Garden. Sublime. 'Out In Front' closes out the EP, its chilly, Kraftwerkian drum hits counterpointed by a blithe melody somewhere between Mick Karn's Titles and a primary school steel drum recital (in a good way). Bound to appeal to fans of Martial Canterel, Xeno & Oaklander, Staccato Du Mal and pretty much the entire Wierd Records catalogue, and connoisseurs of contemporary minimal synth all over.