Moondagger (Ghostly International)

Just when it seemed that electronic pop had reached the outer limits of psychedelia, one Midwestern musician has taken things even farther: He's going intergalactic. (No, really -- as of this writing, his MySpace page has him scheduled to play a January show at Gula Mons, a volcano on western Venus.) Deastro is Randolph Chabot, a bespectacled 22-year-old Michiganian with an uncanny ability to compose otherworldly, synth-fueled melodies. And Moondagger is his major-label debut, a diabolically catchy album that is Detroit's answer to MGMT's Time to Pretend and the Russian Futurists' Me, Myself and Rye. Not a single track on Moondagger goes to waste; alpha songs "Parallelogram" and "Greens, Grays, and Nordics" are surefire radio fodder, while mellower tunes like "Toxic Crusaders" and "Kurgan Wave Number One" are works of subtle pop genius. If this isn't one of the best indie albums of the summer, this reviewer will eat his hat -- I mean, space helmet.

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