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New Group2: “Ceremony”

Don’t call it a chill out. Group2 have been embracing wonkier and at times confrontational stances since releasing indie-pop gems via Ano(t)raks, but for “Ceremony” they slow everything down a notch. As a first taste of their forthcoming debut full-length, it might be a bit unrepresentative of what they’ve done up until now — it’s a little slower, more a stroll than a skip, and lacks the sudden detours that marked earlier releases. But it isn’t predictable, and it definitely isn’t Group2’s switch to neo City Pop. They might relax a little bit, but that loopy synth melody alone adds a bit of uneasiness to the song. Which is on point. Listen above.