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Lansing-Dreiden, a New York-via-Miami art collective best-known for its avant-garde inclinations, demonstrated a rare accessibility when it released its first full-length record in 2004. Divided into three sections, the surprisingly song-based The Incomplete Triangle showcased the breadth of L-D's talent — from driving metal to gauzy shoegaze to New Orderish synth rock. The Dividing Island, the just-released follow-up, is an attempt at consolidation. The fundamental elements of L-D's sound remain but are noticeably scrambled, creating a novel if discomfiting hybrid. Disembodied vocals float above clipped squalls of feedback and stabbing synth notes — the jagged, endlessly shifting sonic terrain standing in sharp contrast to the bold immediacy of L-D's debut. The deliberately cacophonous approach helps the collective shed the first album's accessible appeal. But too much has been thrown out in the drive toward what turns out to be a narrow goal. Sometimes a little song structure is a good thing.

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Jonathan Garrett