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A Sunny Day in Glasgow 

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One of the best albums of 2009 was close to not being made at all. Disaster struck A Sunny Day in Glasgow, the Philadelphia-by-way-of-U.K. fireball of fuzzy dance pop, as the band prepared to record Ashes Grammar (Mis Ojos Discos), a follow-up to the underrated 2007 electronic assemblage Scribble Mural Comic Journal (Notenuf). Band members endured broken bones, being scattered over great distances and a few lineup changes before locking themselves in the studio, where Ben Daniels and Josh Meakim orchestrated pop bliss. At first submerged under layers of washed out shoegaze, Ashes is pulled into cloud-surfing, dreamy ambience and given a backbone from prominent bass pulses and pocket symphonies locked to steady streams of colorful beats. Scribble's mostly digital landscape painted a more detached, introverted dreamworld with every knob turned or button pressed, but Ashes bursts from all sides. Acoustic instruments mingle with waves of guitar and endless reverb, and though its layers of rhythm and melody imply density, Ashes has a lightness. The band's doo-wop angel choirs also pair well with the Misfits' Everly-esque sing-along "Hybrid Moments," which the band covered just before embarking on the fall tour. — Alex Woodward

A Sunny Day in Glasgow

10 p.m. Sunday

AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778; www.marignytheatre.org


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