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A roaring mix of ecstatic noise, ambient drone, and resounding alt-rock, Cheatahs expands the sound found on the band’s Extended Plays (a compilation of their two UK-exclusive 2012 EPs Coared and SANS) released in the US last February. Throughout the album, Cheatahs maintain a pitch-perfect balance of melody, noise, and texture, from the barreling guitar wall of “Geographic” to the gentler, sinuous “Mission Creep;” from the anthemic “The Swan” (an altered take from the Extended Plays version) to the charging, multi-parted atmospherics of “Kenworth;” and from the evocative, swooning “IV” to the booming “Get Tight.” In addition to “Cut The Grass,” which premiered on The AV Club in August (“…crunchy textures with dreamy melodies and wispy vocal harmonies”), track “Fall” premiered on Pitchfork in March as an early taste of the album and was quickly declared a “…catchy-as-f*ck soaring-guitar anthem” by Stereogum. Loose themes of nature, the city, memory, dislocation, self-identity and the complexities of relationships run through all the songs, which were recorded and mixed by bassist Dean Reid and produced by the band, in keeping with their previous releases.