Nurtured by the lo-fi Elephant 6 Recording Company scene (also home to indie-rock luminaries the Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Olivia Tremor Control) this Athens, Ga., group maintains

Nurtured by the lo-fi Elephant 6 Recording Company scene (also home to indie-rock luminaries the Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Olivia Tremor Control) this Athens, Ga., group maintains its dedication to fuzzy, muffled vocal stylings, echoes of '60s Brit-pop, and oddball experimental sounds. Mixing art-rock underpinnings of burring electric guitars and eerie keyboard notes with Andrew Reiger's soft, sad vocals, Creatures tells the tale of nature's indifference as it bears witness to innocent "creatures" pitted against other evil, supernatural forces. Reiger has a particular knack for setting the stage for the bleakest of imagery: There's the everlasting scream in a song of the same name, lightning-filled seas in the title track, and a pervading ghoulishness that seems to set up residence throughout this haunted collection. Consider it sonic beauty for a price.—KIT

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