TEEN, In Limbo
An alluring stroll along the blurry line between hooks and incantations
Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson used to play keyboard for Brooklyn indie rockers Here We Go Magic, and while her own dreamy electro-psych sister act relies on slightly different ingredients, the results can be similarly spellbinding. TEEN’s 2011 digital-only EP Little Doods leaned toward narcotic lo-fi jangle that recalled Mazzy Star. Mixed and produced by Spacemen 3′s Sonic Boom, and engineered by Here We Go Magic’s Jen Turner, full-length debut In Limbo is a brainy, immersive and often-intriguing blend of pulsing krautrock drone and bouncy Phil Spector harmonies. The 11-track set has its share of reverby retro-pop gems, whether confidently thrumming “Better,” lovesick space-prom waltz “Charlie” or insistent, surf-flecked “Electric.” Elsewhere, on tracks like free-flowing synth workout “Unable” or crunching, Beta Band-skewed “Why Why Why,” TEEN sprawls out to suit the youth-appropriate album title. Either way, In Limbo is an alluring, sometimes-enchanting stroll along the blurry line between hooks and incantations.