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Adapting its name from a song by obscure pop group Prefab Sprout and including a former member of the electro-pop band Bel Canto, the Norwegian duo Green Isac brings an unusually melodic verve and wry

Adapting its name from a song by obscure pop group Prefab Sprout and including a former member of the electro-pop band Bel Canto, the Norwegian duo Green Isac brings an unusually melodic verve and wry quirkiness to its ambient designs. On its third outing, the band continues its ethno-techno approach, orchestrating ritual trance works out of yang ch'in (Chinese hammered dulcimer), Indian bansuri flutes, frame drums, and synthesizers. Building music around infectious, kinetic loops with percussion and keyboards locked in syncopated patterns, Green Isac manages to make toes tap and heads nod. Minimalist melodies cycle in countermotion while live musicians such as wind player Eyal Selah add ornaments. No matter how hallucinatory the players get, there's an organic quality to Green Isac's music. It's as if the band members are part of a secret tribe on a lost continent, conjuring up ritual dances. Distributed by Allegro.—JD