After five years of crafting music together, Oakland duo James & Evander are finally ready to issue their proper debut LP, Bummer Pop. Building on what had started as a pair of synth nerds geeking out in their apartments, last year J&E parted ways with the delicate indietronica that defined their early output, successfully adding a layer of subdued vocals to their sound with 2011's Constellating EP. Bummer Pop is clearly an extension of that EP, one that follows the band deeper into a world of widening synth-scapes, propulsive beats, and poignant melodies. Above the swirls of keyboards, the pair share vocal duties, delivering glimpses of the Oakland lifestyle with a simple, honest approach-examining their place in the world and an uncertain future with touches of joy, humility, and helplessness. But there is always space left for the rich sonic threads to take hold, places where the catchy melodic phrases and space-age tones rise to the top. It's an album that aims to envelope the listener in it's ever-expanding waves of sound, in the end revealing a distinct sonic world that reveals more details with each listen.