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New X-Files: Spam 2017-2018

Maybe X-Files spam is hiding a lot of good material. Spam 2017-2018 implies these are leftovers from the low-key noise maker, but these tracks are among the best they have ever made. It really gets going with “Midlife,” which introduces thundering drums to X-Files’ needly synth bursts, making for a particularly intense listen. “MetalCom” appropriates elements of metal music (and, uh, Pink Lady?) to create a whirlwind of sound, while “Phantasm” creeps along, offering pure unsettling atmosphere. And there are plenty of slow-burning passages of tension rounding out this collection, highlighted by 11-minute-plus finale “Xanadu.” Get it here, or listen below.