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We get hundreds of CD submissions every week at All Songs Considered and, as host Bob Boilen noted in his interview with Electronic Musician Magazine, we're just looking for something that simply grabs our attention — a surprising album with a little adventure or mystery and, preferably, a really strong opening cut. I've been plowing through boxes of CDs the past couple of days and found what we're looking for on an album called L'avenir, by the New Jersey-based band Montagna And The Mouth To Mouth.

L'avenir isn't genius at work, but it is a sharply produced collection of smart, inspired pop. Songs, such as the incredibly infectious opener "Amplify Me," swagger with simple backbeats set against glittery guitars, horns and organs. Perhaps because of frontman Jason Montagna's almost deadpan delivery, and melodies that stay within a four or five note range, the tracks have a detached insouciance while dispensing sometimes twisted meditations on love and death. At the same time, the music is oddly celebratory, and even wistful, as it seems to revel in the present, long for the past and hope for the future all at once.

Here's that great opener, "Amplify Me."



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