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    Album Review | INDIE POP

    Jam City, ‘Dream a Garden’

    Jack Latham, the British producer who performs as Jam City, proved himself to be a musical omnivore on his 2012 debut, “Classical Curves,” melding overground and underground sounds in a way that sounded fresh even on repeat listens. While making his second album, he took further notice of the world around him and decided to combat what he saw as a “no hope, no future, a constant war raging in the peripheries” atmosphere. That blend of crate-dug knowledge and day-to-day uneasiness resulted in “Dream a Garden,” a wondrous collection of heady, spaced-out, and sometimes righteously pointed tracks that swirl together blissfully. Wobbly guitars and drowsy pulses fade in and out on “Proud,” while moodier offerings like “Crisis” make plain Latham’s appreciation for the Cure’s weeping-willow guitars. Politics lurk within the pillowy sonics: Latham’s lyrics, mixed in a way that they resemble floating afternoon clouds, aim at what he sees as an increasingly dehumanized culture. Jam City’s gorgeous, intricate compositions only underscore Latham’s message; he’s fighting the world’s ugliness not with protest signs, but by increasing its beauty quotient. (Out now)

    ESSENTIAL “Crisis”