If only calculus class were as fun as the synthpop crafted by the Mathematicians
. The upstate New York trio dusts off SAT concepts on the sweeping New Romantic epic "Malfunction" ("Carry the two, carry the five/Carry the twelve, Carry the nine"), while the synth-prog of "Radical Two" sputters like a calculator on the fritz. The rest of the band's Level Two
album channels elements of more geeky new-wave bands to, er, count i.e. Devo's herky-jerky rhythms, Talking Heads' paranoid vocals and Human League's sensitive electro-pop although hints of modern innovators such as Chromeo, the Faint and Ulrich Schnauss are also present.