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Discovery – LP

Discovery - LPDiscoveryLP (Beggars Banquet)

In an either really brave or really dumb move, Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot‘s Wes Miles team up for a project that examines neo-R&B, touches on contemporary dance music, and celebrates the frequently maligned studio gadget: the Auto-Tuner. It’s unsettling at first, particularly if you’re a fan of either one of the duo’s full-time gigs, and if you’re patently against that aforementioned atrocity, it’s safe to recommend that you save your time and stop reading now.

Personally, it’s not a matter of hating such novel devices—it’s about hating how much they’re relied upon. On LP, about 30% of the tracks have it and the songs that have it on them are irreparably damaged as a result; they either don’t need it or become instantly forgettable.

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Discovery – Orange Shirt

MP3: Discovery – “Orange Shirt” from LP, out July 7 on XL.

Chipper, synth pop from Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot. According to the publicist, the project is “an attempt to realize Wes’s concept of a band where everyone plays synthesizers, and of Rostam’s concept for an album where handclaps keep the backbeat instead of snare drums. It’s an embrace and also a commentary on the pop music of the past decade, of booming 808 bass and jittery sixteenth note high-hats.”

Discovery: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki, MySpace.