Alfie specializes in musty, AM radio-influenced indie pop. On its debut (with the grammatically challenged title), the U.K.

Alfie specializes in musty, AM radio-influenced indie pop. On its debut (with the grammatically challenged title), the U.K. quintet—led by singer Lee Gorton—churns out twee atmospherics tailor-made for hipsters to sip Sunday-morning coffee by. Gorton has said he is interested in exploring the middle ground between traditional guitar pop bands and experimental instrumental groups like Tortoise and Mogwai. For the most part, the experiment works: The sun-drenched vibe of the album makes the whole greater than the parts, outweighing the songwriting and, at times, even the individuality of the songs themselves. Yet If You Happy With You Need Do Nothing still works best in its more distinctive lo-fi rock moments ("It's Just the Weather," "You Make No Bones," "Umlaut") than as an ambient chamber-pop experiment.—BG

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