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AU58: Discovery breaking act piece

July 1, 2009

Discovery

DISCOVERY

MEMBERS: Wes Miles (vocals, production), Rostam Batmanglij (production).
FORMATION: New York, 2005.
FOR FANS OF: Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, Kanye West.
CHECK OUT: LP, out July 7 on XL Recordings.
WEBSITE: www.myspace.com/discoverdiscovery

One good thing about being in a successful band is that it can help your other projects get off the ground, and we have the success of Vampire Weekend and (to a lesser extent) Ra Ra Riot to thank for Discovery. An electro-pop duo consisting of VW keys man and producer Rostam Batmanglij and RRR’s Wes Miles, they got together in 2005 while still toiling in obscurity, but it wasn’t until the storm of hype surrounding Vampire Weekend’s debut album died down that they were able to give Discovery a proper go.

And give it a proper go they have, emerging with an infectious little cracker of an album – one that could be to summer 2009 as Vampire Weekend was to summer 2008. Rather than the afropop of Batmanglij’s main band, though, LP is all about electronic textures – synths, Auto-Tuned vocals and digital handclaps abound, as the duo look towards slick modern R&B and cute synthpop for inspiration. And the songs are there, too – ‘Orange Shirt’ and ‘Osaka Loop Line’ have been building the buzz on Myspace, and there’s plenty more on the album, including a timely cover of the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ and a guest appearance from VW frontman Ezra Koenig on the killer ‘Carby’. Sadly, the duo say they don’t plan to perform live, but as studio-bound side-projects go, Discovery have it licked.

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