Not three seconds into Age of Transparency, as Autre Ne Veut's Arthur Ashin cuts his opening "baaaaa(-be? -by?)" and pulls it back with a vinyl squiggle, it's clear that his third album is going to be as brash, dramatic and unpredictable as his breakout 2013 full-length, Anxiety. Sonically, Transparency treads similar territory, evidenced by the chopped and screwed synthetic choral vocals on "Panic Room," the thick, squelchy R&B synths of "Cold Winds" and the flanged, distorted guitar of the epic title track. Perhaps it's confidence after the success of Anxiety, but Ashin takes more risks here than in Autre Ne Veut's previous work, and they pay off.
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