The number of young, pasty men with petty post-rock ambitions could populate a small city -- say, Mopetopia: Behold! Overly sensitive souls wile away the gray-dappled hours, thumbing through dog-eared copies of Schopenhauer, journaling ad nauseam or sobbing quietly into their chamomile tea. Enter Rahim, a New York-based three-piece that dwells on the outskirts of such cheerlessness, where sunny vocal harmonies and bouncy organ riffs occasionally part the clouds of an otherwise minor-key-driven sound. Lyrically, the band's debut full-length, Ideal Lives, trots out ponderous accounts of amputees with phantom limbs, lentil soup recipes and the irksome search for purity. And even though the boys boast "We've got the power of 10,000 horses" (and have a nifty video to back up their claim), it's pretty clear that they've taken some lumps on the racetrack of love. Who hasn't? At least Rahim injects its many tragic capers with enough melody, hooks and inventive time shifts to keep the listener guessing. What more could a miserable bastard ask for?


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