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What Can Not Be, But Is...

Vitesse

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Album Review

Vitesse continues to wear their influences proudly on their sleeve, delivering another batch of Magnetic Fields- and Factory Records-inspired songs on their third album, What Can Not Be, But Is.... However, the prominence of their inspirations in their music ends up being more reassuring than disappointing; pretty, bittersweet songs like "A Statue on Easter Island," "The Writing on the Wall," and "Starlight" will please fans of old and new indie pop alike with their simple, dreamy synth melodies. What Can Not Be, But Is... features covers as natural as OMD's "2nd Thought" and as unusual as Bruce Springsteen's "Unsatisfied Heart," both of which fit in perfectly with the rest of Vitesse's stylishly sad material. Though the group doesn't really break any new ground with this album, What Can Not Be, But Is... is so soothingly pretty that it doesn't really matter.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Indie synth-pop duo Vitesse teamed keyboardists Hewson Chen and Josh Klein, the latter a former drummer with the band Toulouse as well as a staff writer with the cult-favorite weekly paper The Onion. The duo first collaborated in 1997 on a piece for their Intro to Music Composition class at the University of Chicago; as Vitesse, they recorded their debut LP A Certain Hostility over the course of some 36 hours in late 1998, releasing the album on the Hidden Agenda label the following spring. A year...
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