TANGIERS, "The Family Myth"

If you haven't had enough of hyped new bands from the Great White North yet, Toronto's Tangiers would love it if you paid some attention to them.

If you haven't had enough of hyped new bands from the Great White North yet, Toronto's Tangiers would love it if you paid some attention to them. Technically, Tangiers is a duo. But, keys and drums are sprinkled throughout this record for a full-band feel, so don't let them fool you.

On its third full-length in three years, Tangiers makes a concerted effort at developing catchy indie hooks and for the most part succeeds. At times, when Josh Reichmann takes the lead on vocals, he sounds a little Britpop, as on "Your Pristine Hands" and "The Family Myth." Elsewhere, "That Russian Bastard" and "The Coast Guard" dive into that "urban-urgency" sound that the Walkmen have perfected, Calla has flirted with and some say the Strokes have lost. If Tangiers perfects its poppier maneuvers and smartens up a bit lyrically, something special could be down the road. -- Michael D. Ayers