Static, the second album from the New York alt-pop duo Cults, is a product of some turmoil; Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, a couple when the band started, have since broken up. But Static doesn’t sound messy and personal. Instead, it finds the band sharpening and smoothing their sound and more deeply internalizing their influences. The ’60s girl-group pop and Lynchian atmosphere and early-’90s indie-pop charm of their self-titled 2011 debut are all still in evidence, but they’re more fully subsumed into the duo’s style, and it makes for a pleasant and breezy 35 minutes of music. We’ve already posted the songs “I Can Hardly Make You Mine” and “High Road,” but now you can stream the whole album at NPR.
Static is out 10/15 on Columbia.