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The mood that Iceage-offshoot Vår aims to establish is timid and dark—a reckoning between New Order and Joy Division, is the go-to description—but the band pursues it so aggressively and endearingly straight-faced, it throws you for a loop. You forget that it's mostly coming from a group of boys not yet able to legally drink in America, who are maybe still immune to irony. They go all in, so you do too.
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