Pretty Girls Make Graves Elan Vital (Matador) These are the kinds of tunes that turn a gloomy disposition into something cool. The curiously monikered Pretty Girls Make Graves' latest offering carries much of the same darkness in evidence on their 2002 debut, Good Health, but this time around there's more depth. In their five years together, the Seattle-based quintet have built a loyal following among the indie/emo crowd on the back of some deliciously dark melodies and the glowering vocals of frontwoman Andrea Zollo. Typically difficult to categorise, Ean Vital is dissonant, yet melodic; distant, yet intimate. And it's this deliberate clash of styles that lets them soar. Nocturnal House kicks things off with a schoolyard whistle, and the echo of punk rock guitars and Zollo's acerbic delivery works well as the set builds up steam. By the time Magic Hour strikes, they've really hit their stride. Selling the Wind opens with an accordion and a haunting couplet - 'I buy these winds to venge my children and their ghosts' - before distorted guitars kick in to create a rocking take on a sailor's lament. They make good use of creepy keyboard effects to give much of the set a slightly uneasy feel. One of the many highlights of the album is Pictures of a Night Scene, which features Zollo in a rare duet with one of her bandmates. Overall, PGMG are reminiscent of a raft of new wave revivalists (Bloc Party and Arcade Fire spring to mind), but much of their material retains enough originality to sound fresh. Knock yourselves out, indie diehards.