Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What We're Listening To - Discovery 'LP'

Is it just me, or has there been a slump in music recently?

I'm glad summer is here. I hope this means a slew of good music. Stuff for long drives, stuff for afternoon cookouts.

But what about stuff for late night deck parties, filled with dry Rose (yes it's back in again), starry skies and sexiness?

The indie-super duo Discovery delivers with their oddly titled album, LP.

The love child of Vampire Weekend producer/keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot lead singer Wes Miles is an indie rock math equation that shouldn't happen. The results are nothing short of perfect.

What you have essentailly are is indie pop AutoTuned to hell. And despite J-Hova's anthemic proclamation (and summertime hit in it's own right) the little Roger and Zapp sounding voicebox ain't quite dead yet. And we're luckier for it.

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend with Dirty Projectors XXX is the jam. Joey Ramone would approve. Can You Discover?, already a standout about longing from Ra Ra Riot's 2008 album, gets the T-Pain treatment and succeeds wildly.

The album blips and bops around like a video game on crack. Osaka Loop Line feels like a trip through sonic the hedgehog. And what I hope won't be a trend this year, there's a cover of the Jackson 5's I want You Back.

I think T-Pain is finally getting in on the meta joke that is AutoTune (see him at the 2009 BET Awards). What I wanted Kanye's album to be (fun, party jams) Discovery's LP has achieved.

Get this now. Your summer party guests will thank you.

BONUS: Buy it from Amie Street for $8 and $2 goes to Oxfam.

Get Discovery's LP

Amie Street

Album available everywhere July 7.

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