It’s a rare feat when an album can maintain a unique and consistent overarching atmosphere without stinting on the tunes. You could swim languorously through the stylized dreamy-synth whole of the third LP from this Portland, Ore., indie pop outfit, but songs like “Atlantis,” a funky groove of airy synths and romantic R&B-style vocals, assert themselves. “Nite Rite” is a seven minute-plus track that drones with psychedelia, but pushes forward on a tight knot of bass and pleasantly perplexes with its Stone Roses-quoting melody. This isn’t a dance record per se, but it’s danceable in chunks, as on “While I’m Alive,” a slowed-down could-be disco track broken into shards of drum breaks and whirring vocal manipulation. While STRFKR began as a solo project from Josh Hodges, this album was written collaboratively with the entire band’s input, so there’s a lot of ground covered on these 15 songs, and plenty of room to get lost. (Out Tuesday)LUKE O’NEIL
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By Luke O’Neil| Globe Correspondent February 18, 2013
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