Times New Viking, everyone's favourite typography hat-tipping lo-fi skronk horde, have returned. And their plan is to pillage old material.
You can understand why the fourth full-length, Born Again Revisited, is low on "Born Again" and high on "Revisited" - you do what works for you. Their 08 disc, Rip It Off, got lots of attention, and this one could have gone through an unpredictable pop cleansing. Instead, the youthful sonic crackle pop lives on, whether you're bored or not. That idea is basically captured on Something Moore, a track about working hard to stay young but losing momentum.
That said, TNV's latest rises above previous efforts thanks to anthemic No Time, No Hope, which might jog memories of a barely coherent Lou Reed.
Those Days and Move To California are two other tracks that lend the fuzzy record some welcome warmth. The reality is, there's still no way of telling when this disc ends and the previous begins if you let it loose in your iTunes. If Times don't shake it up next time, they're doomed to be replaced by the musical equivalent of Calibri.
Top tracks: No Time, No Hope