First listen: Junior Boys' Parallel Lines
- January 30, 2009 11:28 AM |
- By Arts Online
Canadian electronic pop duo Junior Boys, aka Matt Didemus, left, and Jeremy Greenspan, return with their third full length album, Begone Dull Care. (JuniorBoys)
Good news, fans of moody bedroom electronica! Hamilton-reared duo Junior Boys (aka Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus) have posted a new tune on their Domino Records band page. The song, Parallel Lines, is the lead track on their forthcoming album, Begone Dull Care, which is slated for a March 24 release in Canada. (For once, we Canucks get dibs on cutting-edge music -- Begone Dull Care comes out in the U.S. in April, and hits the UK May 7.)
Greenspan and Didemus say the album title is a shout-out to the short film of the same name, an NFB production by Scottish-Canadian animator Norman McLaren that featured music by the Oscar Peterson Trio. And though the name of this new track suggests a debt to Blondie's seminal third album (the chart-topping release that included hits like Heart Of Glass and Sunday Girl), it may also be a reference to the parallel lines that pulsated in the non-representational short, moving in relation to Peterson's piano parts.
Parallel Lines builds with a lovely momentum. After an intro that sounds like a balloon deflating, it shifts into dark, vaguely industrial beats (I was reminded of the opening of Nine Inch Nails' Closer), punctuated by the dull elastic-band thud of a digital bass line. From there, the song slo-o-o-o-o-wly opens up, with sweetly quivering synthesizer chords and Greenspan's murmuring, trebly vocals riding a nice steady hi-hat crash.
It's got a decidedly '80s feel -- the keyboards are deliberately cheesy, and the dreamy, breathy atmosphere is occasionally shattered by percussive vocoder hiccups and the tinny thump of digital drums. In a weird way, Parallel Lines feels like an irony-free cousin to Snoop Dogg's Sexual Eruption/Sensual Seduction: the JBs demonstrate the same nostalgic appreciation for the retro-futuristic quality of classic '80s electronic music production. And, er, talk-boxes.
We're excited to hear the other seven tracks on Begone Dull Care, which we'll doubtless hear when the Boys play Toronto's Mod Club March 28.
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