Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Premier: MPSO - Those Were Different Times (digital single)

Subpop duo Memoryhouse surround themselves with a talented group of muscians. You might recognize their former bass player as Foxes in Fiction, so its about time to round the group out. Below you can hear the debut single from touring drummer Daniel Gray's solo project MPSO (Mount Pleasant Sympathy Orchestra). Falling in similar territory to the most recent Foxes in Fiction release, its tempting to call these two tracks ambient. And while that wouldn't particularly offend Daniel, the label doesn't quite fit. On the A side the drums are too fierce, and the bass is too prominent. "Blue Night" falls into more traditionally ambient territory but I've never been a huge fan of the word at all. Those Were Different Time's false ending, and Blue Night's slow and steady build demand too much attention to fade into the background.

Blue Night - MPSO

Daniel is currently working on his debut EP, tentatively titled "Wisdom Teeth" which should be out by the end of the year. The single doesn't have any official art at the moment, but I used my graphic design experience to whip that picture up in approximately 3 hours. If you're digging the single, check out a few demos and keep up with MPSO on tumblr.

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