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Released last Spring, this four-song EP from Allston quartet The Symptoms is a focused progression from the band’s 2012 debut, “The World & Its Mistress.” The five-song release hones in on more ambient territories while treating each tune as an acoustic songwriter would—with curious lyrical introspection to match the haze in which the words stay afloat. The only aspect hindering this release is the degree of DIY in its production, apparent in the glossy electric keyboard tones in “Seeing in the Dark” or the series of scattered samples in “April.” If the band finds inspiration, its next studio experience could be well-spent making those glowing layers of feedback and synth fill out a third release in a most polished way.