x
the_deli_magazine

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.


Go to the old Top 300 charts

Cancel

The THANGS





New Music Video: "Listen Close" - The THANGS

Breezy, the new EP and byproduct of their collaboration with Mike Robinson, is a musical field of eclectic electro-funk via The THANGS. In their new video, Robinson creates constantly morphing, celestial montages with an 80’s flair that serve as the visual accompaniment for album opener, “Listen Close”.  Wielding an array of samples/synths, the group toes the threshold between intimacy and strangeness, with darkwave undertones emanating from Robinson's vocals, while still maintaining an undeniable attachment to the groove.





New THANGS EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

We enjoy being turned on to new artists from the knowledgeable jurors in our annual year-end poll, which is where we first learned of the production collective, The THANGS (nearly half a decade ago - dang!). The mysterious trio of producers have teamed up with Mike Robinson, who lent his talents on vocals and with the writing of lyrics, whose themes were meant to "reflect the beauty and absurdity of our modern existence, with existential musings that walk the precipice of agnosticism and the 'spirituality' of nature." Breezy, the long-awaited follow-up to the group's debut LP Correct, pulsates with palpable energy as textured sonic layers mesh beautifully with Robinson's measured, baritone delivery, creating surprising, cerebral, dance-floor bangers that we hope will get you the Monday doldrums of this rainy, overcast day in Philly. You can also join them at the EP's listening party, being held on Saturday, June 3 at Win Win Coffee Bar, where the tracks will be accompanied by visuals and a short documentary about the collaboration.





The Deli Philly's Record of the Month: Wedodo - The THANGS

The THANGSWedodo (Data Graden) is what would happen if Beck had never stopped getting weirder. It’s the logical conclusion of every experimental trip of a band out there: an album that is completely unpredictable, where every instrument, tone and aesthetic is in a state of flux. This isn’t just a weird album but one at the frontier of peculiarity, pushing every single trope of experimentalism to its breaking point.

While most exploratory pieces pick one or two quirks, The THANGS have instead opted to grab as many as they can and transition between them at breakneck speeds. Film audio sampling, futuristic 80’s synth, unorthodox percussion, ethnic chanting, classic rock riffs, and sinister voiceover interludes are all present and accounted for, yet are blended together seamlessly, as in the case of “King of Sound, Prince of Noise.” Its effects are simultaneously mellowing and exhilarating, never rising or falling but consistently going in both directions at once. It’s a melodic speedball.

What should be recognized is how risky something like this can be. Experimental electronica is a delicate balancing act between exploration and sheer composition. The farther an artist ventures off the beaten path, incorporating elements like sampling and mixing counterintuitive aesthetics, there’s a greater necessity for an underlying substance to the composition itself. The weirder you get, the harder it’s going to be to make your music aesthetically pleasing.

And Wedodo earns its indulgences. Behind all of its eccentricities is a rock-solid rhythm. The beats take priority over all else here; though through all the craziness and sampling, one’s head is not allowed to stop bopping for even a second. And it really comes down to what is really an expertly maintained percussion. They don’t falter whether it’s being held by a drum, clapping hands, or in the track “Dusty Rhodes,” what sounds like a cowbell. The THANGS somehow manage to create a consistently pleasing melody from a series of incongruent, even-clashing sounds.

Through its patchwork compositional style and strong continuity, the music takes on a lyrical quality. It conveys a sensibility of wry nihilism and playful, almost whimsical darkness. It’s an odder Flying Lotus (the similarities getting almost eerie in the track “Soft and Warm”), the flair of The Avalanches’ “Frontier Psychiatrist” with the substance of Ratatat. It’s somehow deeply reminiscent of an 80’s video game boss battle, but in a cool way. For a mostly instrumental piece, it’s incredible how strong of a voice Wedodo possesses. - Daniel Ludwig

|
December 2013
The THANGS
"Wedodo
"
mp3

The THANGSWedodo is what would happen if Beck had never stopped getting weirder. It’s the logical conclusion of every experimental trip of a band out there: an album that is completely unpredictable, where every instrument, tone and aesthetic is in a state of flux. This isn’t just a weird album but one at the frontier of peculiarity, pushing every single trope of experimentalism to its breaking point.

While most exploratory pieces pick one or two quirks, The THANGS have instead opted to grab as many as they can and transition between them at breakneck speeds. Film audio sampling, futuristic 80’s synth, unorthodox percussion, ethnic chanting, classic rock riffs, and sinister voiceover interludes are all present and accounted for, yet are blended together seamlessly, as in the case of “King of Sound, Prince of Noise.” Its effects are simultaneously mellowing and exhilarating, never rising or falling but consistently going in both directions at once. It’s a melodic speedball.

What should be recognized is how risky something like this can be. Experimental electronica is a delicate balancing act between exploration and sheer composition. The farther an artist ventures off the beaten path, incorporating elements like sampling and mixing counterintuitive aesthetics, there’s a greater necessity for an underlying substance to the composition itself. The weirder you get, the harder it’s going to be to make your music aesthetically pleasing.

And Wedodo earns its indulgences. Behind all of its eccentricities is a rock-solid rhythm. The beats take priority over all else here; though through all the craziness and sampling, one’s head is not allowed to stop bopping for even a second. And it really comes down to what is really an expertly maintained percussion. They don’t falter whether it’s being held by a drum, clapping hands, or in the track “Dusty Rhodes,” what sounds like a cowbell. The THANGS somehow manage to create a consistently pleasing melody from a series of incongruent, even-clashing sounds.

Through its patchwork compositional style and strong continuity, the music takes on a lyrical quality. It conveys a sensibility of wry nihilism and playful, almost whimsical darkness. It’s an odder Flying Lotus (the similarities getting almost eerie in the track “Soft and Warm”), the flair of The Avalanches’ “Frontier Psychiatrist” with the substance of Ratatat. It’s somehow deeply reminiscent of an 80’s video game boss battle, but in a cool way. For a mostly instrumental piece, it’s incredible how strong of a voice Wedodo possesses. - Daniel Ludwig





New The THANGS LP Available for Streaming, Purchase & Planting

We first learned about The THANGS a few years back when they were nominated for The Deli Philly's year-end Best Emerging Artist(s) Poll by one of our knowledgeable jurors. The enigmatic production duo just released a fabulous, mind-blending LP of psychedelic hip-hop beats entitled Wedodo, which you can listen to in its entirety below. The record was released via homgrown electronic music indie label Data Garden, and there is available for purchase a rad limited-edition run of music seed-paper albums that you can plant and watch grow into blue Lobelias - really way too cool.

|
|
|

- news for musician and music pros -

Loading...