Three Imaginary Girls

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Now, if you're interested in causing yourself intense mental anguish, you could decide to hop in your car and drive down to the local record shop to purchase Robotique Majestique, the newest from Austin's Ghostland Observatory.

I'm not entirely sure what they are trying to accomplish with the band. Yes, they like to dance. You know that they've been rocking out to Daft Punk's Homework for years now. Yet, somehow, you decide to throw in vocals that sound like they might fit in better on a Ratt track rather than anything you should hear in a danceclub. I'm not sure what it is about the French dance genre that is so hard to replicate, as the bands who have tried it like Ghostland Observatory and VHS or Beta have gone downhill in every attempt they make at it, slowly devolving into a caricature of the music they are trying to create.

Even listening to the so-called single from Robotique Majestique, "Heavy Heart," you almost feel insulted by the stripped-down retro-dance melodies that are then ransacked and pillaged by the overly-tortured vocals that dominate the band.

And really, it all goes plummets from there.