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CD Review: Phil and the Osophers

Parallelo (Factual Fabrications)

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Phil and the Osophers, a Brooklyn threesome led by Philip Radiotes, boast a band name that initially resonates as either a good joke or lofty witticism. The group, which has released five previous albums, seems interested in exploring and questioning human existence. But in the context of jangly, quirky songs, it's hard to hear the vocals. On Parallelo, the band combines clanging guitar riffs, dance-y beats and eccentric melodies on happy, summery music that sounds enjoyable rather than pensive. "We Have All Summer" is shimmering and engaging, while "Pineapple" is slower and more drawn-out, with gently plucked guitars, harmonicas and a plodding rhythm. Without a lyric sheet in front of you, there's no telling what Radiotes is saying, but the music itself will keep you moderately engaged. — Emily Zemler

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