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The music created by Emerald Four practically oozes from the speakers. The Kyoto-based duo crafts narcotized songs built around unfolding electronics and slow, dreamy vocals.

It has taken a little bit of time to get to this point, however. Over the past two years, Emerald Four has increasingly moved toward a more dancefloor-oriented electro-pop style that plays out at a much faster tempo. It was serviceable but often forgettable, as there is no shortage of Cut Copy cut-and-copiers around these days. But now the band has discovered the perfect speed for it to go at, and new collection “Nothing Can Hurt Me” marks a fantastic change of pace. It is also one of the year’s finest independent releases so far.

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