For a couple of years now, Sound Team has been issuing cassette releases from its Austin recording studio. Whether to make it difficult on file sharers (doubtful) or easy on those with car tape decks (a nice thought), the band's impressive early work was only a warm-up for what was to come. Their new EP, Work, is a tight handful of wondrous pop/rock experimentation, and "The Fastest Man Alive" is absolutely the best song anybody recorded all year long. No kidding.

Andrew Womack is a founding editor of The Morning News. He is always working on the next installment of the Albums of the Year series at TMN. More by Andrew Womack

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