Recently, I’ve been getting into the latest full-length from Bay Area indie-pop proggers Facing New York. Gradually cut down from a five-piece to just a three-piece, it was a bit unclear where they were headed… but, taking notes from acts as diverse as The Dismemberment Plan, Can, Steely Dan, The Police, and The Neptunes, Get Hot makes for a pretty interesting listen and solidifies constant growth as one of the main themes of FNY’s music. And with a knack for crafting pop-laden rock songs that are full of hooks, epic builds, unique rhythms, memorable melodies, bending guitar leads, and smooth keyboards, they’ve got a lot to pull you in. It may not be consistently successful, but my respect for their dedication to expanding their sound nearly outweighs any complaints I have about the album.
Check out “Cops on Bikes”, where Facing New York juxtaposes bold riffs and sporadic synth with comedic hip-hop-like swagger, and the drum-heavy, D-Plan-influenced pop of “All a’ This”.
Download: Facing New York – Cops on Bikes
Download: Facing New York – All a’ This
Buy: Get Hot will be available on iTunes tomorrow (Sept. 23), at the Five One Inc. webstore next month (Oct. 14), or at any one of their upcoming record release shows (check their myspace).
It’s also never a bad time to mention Wallpaper, the novelty vocoder-electrofunk side project of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Eric Frederic (a.k.a. Ricky Reed). Definitely relevant in this Age of the Autotune, Wallpaper seeks to unite the eras of Zapp & Roger, Bel Biv Devoe, and T-Pain. Songs never exceed the 2:45 mark, the autotune is cranked up to “Johnny Five”, and his ego is a “T Rex”… YES!