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When: Wed., Jan. 7, 9:30 p.m. 2015

I’m drawn to the kind of Italo-disco that takes the genre’s illustrious grandeur and submerges it in darkness. Local duo Glass Lux (aka producer Alfonso Mayen and singer Emily Morse) has a sophisticated grasp of the kind of dance pop that sounds like a party is raging in the shadows. The synth-heavy tracks floating around the group’s Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages wed minimal, floor-filling pop with a transfixing mysteriousness that surrenders to the unknown night. Morse’s poised and potent vocals seal the deal for me, particularly on the crystalline “I’m a Machine,” where her adroit singing becomes robotic and more efficient while maintaining its emotive luster—she makes it seem like she could actually be an android, and that charade is as pivotal to the track’s liveliness as its programmed hand claps and lovingly retro synth melody. —Leor Galil

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