Arizona’s South African-born siblings Kongos prove their popularity is no fluke with this sophomore recording extraordinaire. Squeezing comfortably inside an unclassifiable alt-rock subgenre, their amiable, canny lyrics coast merrily upon a soothing, yet caffeinated, crest of beats. Like a gang of Millennial pirates, the band’s paradoxical style––simultaneously futuristic and ancient––plunders undiscovered musical territory, then slathers everything with ethereal harmonies. Egomaniac exposes the lie that original compositions remain no longer possible. Here’s to unearthing buried treasure.
Score: 9 out of 10