White Rabbits are engagingly (and, sometimes, confoundingly) mutable. The band’s 2007 debut sounds like a Latin-tinged version of Vampire Weekend’s indie Afropop. But Tito Puente had left the building by 2009’s It’s Frightening, a dark-angled affair produced by Spoon’s Britt Daniel. Milk Famous deepens the rockist intentions with a sound that’s like Spoon or Fountains of Wayne dipped in distracted key-board and noise-guitar ooze – power pop disempowered. Stephen Patterson’s lyrics don’t amount to much beyond transitory moodiness, but they fit the music’s shadowy feel. When he sings “I’m not me”, you can’t help but (vaguely) wonder which not-him he’ll be next.
Key Tracks: “I’m Not Me”, “I Had It Coming”