This Chapel Hill trio's second CD for Sit-n-Spin begs for a new vocabulary. Ironic for an instrumental rock back. Math rock doesn't quite explain the moments of fragile calm and complex rhythms and droning guitars, and post-rock can't make heads or tails of the fact that much of this album is, well, downright foot-tappingly catchy. 'The Long Defeat' completes an arc started by their Trekky Records release 'Let 'em Work, Let 'em Live,' adding instrumentation, a few new twists and turns, and a breathless conclusion so spot on, it gives new meaning to the work 'sequel.' Part one: 'Let 'em Work, Let 'em Live' is available from trekkyrecords.com.
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