Cults' sophomore album, Static, feels remarkably effortless, which is something to say for a record borne of hardship. Its lyrical content revolves around what sounds like a heart-wrenching split between vocalist Madeline Follin and guitarist Brian Oblivion, and they've drowned it in the correct amounts of fuzz, bass, and liquor. Thus, songs like "Always Forever" and "We've Got It" flow through your ears with surprising ease, coaxed by Follin's strong and nimble soprano, oscillating between a Shangri-Las croon and a veritable indie wail. It is at once jubilant and miserably sad—a beautiful combination, and what tends to happen in life, regardless of the effort we exert. RAQUEL NASSER
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