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The Intelligence have been carefully crafting some of the most memorable and volatile experimental pop known to our little indie rock world since the early 2000s. Their latest, Everybody’s Got It Easy, is certainly no different. They have retained their noisy, subversive, Northwest post-punk persona in all the right ways. But, they have also gotten a little poppier, possibly indicating a mellowness as they venture into their role as elder statesmen of Seattle’s scene. I love looking at their concept as an edgier, yet loose and burly early XTC reincarnate. “Evil is Easy” for instance bleeds with a charismatic homage to XTC’s melodic twists and splintering guitars, always with a wry sense of humor to boot. If you thought Seattle was all Sub Pop and Fleet Foxes, you’d be wrong, friend.

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