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Interpol | A Fine Mess

New York's enduringly cool post-punks serve up leftovers from their last album.

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WHO ARE THEY? The enduring New York post-punk outfit that’s somehow managed to remain reasonably cool after more than 20 years together.

WHAT IS THIS? An EP of leftover tracks produced by Dave Fridmann during the sessions for their strong 2018 album Marauder.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Your iTunes playlists from the mid-2000s.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? While wearing sunglasses at 3 a.m. in an underground downtown club.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Tense, wiry, edgy, hazy, introspective, pointed, nocturnal, sleek, refined, propulsive.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? The punchy opener Fine Mess and the closer Thrones provide solid bookends, but the other three tracks are reasonable.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK? ‘Why don’t I remember hearing these Interpol songs before?’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? About as often as you listen to Marauder — especially if you string them together as you should.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE A TIE, WHAT KIND OF TIE WOULD IT BE? Skinny black leather.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL? If any band begs to be heard via the trendiest technology, it’s Interpol.