Dan Geller and Amy Dykes are the electro-pop duo I Am the World Trade Center.

Dan Geller and Amy Dykes are the electro-pop duo I Am the World Trade Center. During the recording of "The Cover Up," the pair ended its personal relationship. The romantic split has yielded one of the most shiny and potent—albeit melancholy—synth-pop albums of the year. "I'll put my game face on with a smile," Dykes sings on "Future Sightings," which, like numerous songs here, is steeped in jangly rhythms and sturdy melodies. Like other bands from Athens, Ga. (the B-52's come to mind), World Trade Center knows the power of strong verses and catchy choruses. In a timely twist, the twosome revisits the Jam's "Going Underground," a song that remains lyrically spot on. Throughout, singer Dykes inches closer to perfecting the inflections of Blondie's Debbie Harry, while keyboard/laptop wiz Geller does his best Gillian Gilbert (of New Order) impersonation. With "The Cover Up," Dykes and Gilbert have created, to reference a New Order title, the perfect kiss.—MP

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