Three years ago, singer/lyricist Amy Dykes and musical technician Dan Geller, who record collectively as I Am the World Trade Center (IATWTC), issued their debut, Out of the Loop.

Three years ago, singer/lyricist Amy Dykes and musical technician Dan Geller, who record collectively as I Am the World Trade Center (IATWTC), issued their debut, Out of the Loop. With the help of a Gateway laptop, the Athens, Ga.-based duo created a quirky, synth-happy collection of pop songs. For The Tight Connection, production values have increased a notch, thanks to a new, software-savvy computer. Still, it's very do-it-yourself. Ditto for Dykes' storytelling, but that, too, shows definite growth, as evidenced by such catchy songs as the Blondie-colored "Big Star" and the Saint Etienne-etched "Believe in Me." Speaking of Blondie, IATWTC covers the act's disco anthem "Call Me," and while it's no competition for the original, it will surely find a home in the nü-electro scene (see story, page 1). Like the sweetest taboo, The Tight Connection is rather addictive. Distributed by the Telegraph Company.—MP

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