Seems like everyone in a mildly successful indie rock band these days is set on spending their downtime working on so-called side projects only slightly removed from the work they produce in their original bands. (See Swan Lake, Sunset Rubdown, Memphis, the Elected, etc.) Maybe it's a means of avoiding going limp in response to heightened expectations? In any case, Dan Boeckner's Handsome Furs collabo with sweetheart Alexei Perry has all the hallmarks of his contributions to Wolf Parade (ragged, soulful vocals, understated strummy tunes that crack open into heart-surging anthems) done better. It's almost as if, released from the role of playing less weird anchor to Spencer Krug's art rock savant, Boeckner's figured out how to maximize and expand what he does best. His voice echoes off the sides of songs that might start as simple hooky rock ballads, then overflow in cascades of ringing, scarred guitars, or vibrates with barely contained tension inside Magnetic Fields-styled synth-based tracks messed up with primitive video-game bloops and bleeps. Way more than just nine tracks of Dinner Bells knockoffs.