But the band's greatest strength is how it marshals its sounds in good proportion; the songs are never overstuffed or self-indulgent. There's a little bit of dance-punk in the rhythm section (which is occasionally heavy on the hi-hat and bubbly bass lines), but the shrill jangle of the guitar keeps the music grounded. The use of rich, distinct keyboards further sets Jumbling Towers apart. More specifically, the wheezy, cheesy Farfisa organ parts recall Clinic, and the bell-like Rhodes electric piano adds both bottom-heavy warmth and eerie, trebly twinkles. Tracks like "Pure Jew" and "Beggars" are worth seeking out, but the true highlight is "He's a Cop Now," which wastes no time in setting the mood with a simple, Joy Division-like bass line before DeBoer yelps and slinks through vaguely sinister lyrics. Christian Schaeffer
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