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AU58: Discovery album review

July 1, 2009

discovery album

DISCOVERY
LP
XL

Discovery started life back in 2005, but only after the whirlwind surrounding Rostam Batmanglij’s main band Vampire Weekend died down were they able to put together this debut album. He is joined by Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot and while the duo’s respective bands’ fans will be intrigued, they may be forced out of their comfort zones. You could peg Discovery as synth-pop, but Erasure they ain’t – the vocals are often Auto-Tuned to billio before being laid over some brittle synths and more than a hint of Timbaland’s off-kilter boom-bap. A cute cover of The Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ and a guest appearance from Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig on ‘Carby’ will hook a few rubberneckers, but the array singular pop gems will keep them interested, particularly the opening one-two of ‘Orange Shirt’ and ‘Osaka Loop Line’ and the yearning ‘So Insane’. It’s twee R&B, if such a thing were possible.

6/10 (it appeared as a 7/10 review in the mag but I’m downgrading it now)

DOWNLOAD: ‘ORANGE SHIRT’, ‘OSAKA LOOP LINE’, ‘I WANT YOU BACK (IN DISCOVERY)’.
FOR FANS OF: VAMPIRE WEEKEND, TIMBALAND, THE BLOW.

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