Last year Lenz caught our ear with a sharp, New Wave inflected EP that was a synth and guitar tug-o-war and yielded some of the best songs out of Andy Jordan's (Andy Human) repertoire yet. The band follows the EP up deftly with a new album, Ways To End A Day on 1-2-3-4 Go. The album takes the pop craft of their previous output and runs it through an icy strain of new wave touchstones from Echo and the Bunnymen through lesser-known weirdoes like The Twinkeyz. Obscuring those pop references through the veil of gauze and kicking up the fog machine, Jordan and co. make a record that looks back while frosting the lenses of their gaze and refracting the results in prisms of pop that hook in subtly and hold on for the rest of the day.
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