Breaking Away

The thrill of being young and confused and knowing a few chords belongs to no decade or country, and in that sense, there’s nothing unusual about this London foursome. Like fellow U.K. group Yuck, whose self-titled 2011 debut marked something of an indie-rock paradigm shift, Being There does fuzzy, pleasantly disaffected ’90s-style alternative. The reference points are mostly American—Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, etc.—though highlights “Punch the Clock” and “The Radio” recall the washed-out ’60s revivalism of the Jesus and Mary Chain and romantic synth-pop of late-’80s Cure hits, respectively. “Will we feel like this tomorrow?” singer Sammy Lewis asks on “Tomorrow,” savoring one of those teen moments not meant to last.

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