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Boasting former members of NYC indie rockers Versus and sweet punk popsters Tuscadero, +/- (Plus/Minus) go beyond the conventional indie rock aesthetic you'd expect. After the Björkian coos and Joao Gilberto-meets-drum-'n'-bass vibes of the first two tracks, STLPDA settles into a jittery, wistful groove. Frontman James Baluyut layers solipsistic lyrics, jangly electric guitar riffs and My Bloody Valentine fuzz over drum loops. Add clever instrumentation, electronic accents and great percussion to the mix and what could've easily been a claustrophobic shoe-gazing downer of a record becomes an intelligent and polished debut.