The Model Physical (Playloop)

Late to the party, but what an entrance

As the opening synths of “What Does It Look Like I’m Doing” drop into arpeggiated spirals and emotionally wrenched vocals, it’s clear this Philly outfit knows its way around the resurgent synth-pop blueprint. Filled with layers of over-the-top catchy synth hooks to match the overwrought vocals occasionally indulging in falsettos, The Model’s debut disc sounds like a lost ’80s treasure. But it’s not a one-note revival; “Immigrant” takes on the slinky grind of early Nine Inch Nails, and “Cowboys” looks to early techno. This band is starting in the past, and there’s room to grow. — Noah Levine