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Polydistortion, the debut brainchild of the Icelandic electro-pop commune Gus Gus, doesn’t so much stampede out of your speakers as bubble and ooze. The album produces a sort of auditory manic-depression, with songs such as “Believe” and “Purple” evoking mental pictures of a nightclub Superman—dizzy and dreamy with an amphetamine jolt. Yet “Is Jesus Your Pal?” plunges soaring fantasies into film-noir creepiness. Gus Gus’ often incomprehensible and sometimes laughable lyrics follow the lead established by native daughter Björk, and it’s best to try and forget the piercing nasal whine that passes for singing on a few of the tracks. Nevertheless, be warned: Board this emotional roller coaster at your shrink’s expense. With Cornershop at 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930. (Sharada Chidambaram)