Discovery

LP
(XL Records)

"Orange Shirt," the first track off the debut album LP from indie electro-pop duo Discovery, sums up perfectly the funky electro-pop sound the band is striving to achieve. DIY laptop-pop drums and synths are greeted right away by light, cherubic, indie-rock vocals — a kooky amalgamation that works right from the get-go. Discovery (better known as a side project created by Vampire Weekend keyboardist/producer Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot vocalist Wes Miles) crank out staccato synths and 8-bit instrumentals that coalesce into a light, summer-ready album. It's perfect, then, that the album is being released smack dab in the middle of the hottest part of the year, a willing soundtrack for pool parties and barbecues. "So Insane," the album's pinnacle, illustrates just how complex LP is, despite its simple premise. The song changes tempo from a force of jazzy pop synths to a fuzzy, thumping crawl. As dissonant as it sounds, the song is a flawless testament to the ingenuity and originality of Batmanglij and Miles — two of indie rock's more ingenious and fearless minds.

 
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