Today on Death By Audio, Edan hits the studio with his buddy, Travis, who some of you may know as Grooms. Dude has a new disc coming, so the guys will be chatting about that, and in the meantime, you can read up on Prom, the new release coming out on Kanine Records, below the lovely image.
On Prom, Grooms' sophomore album, the Brooklyn avant-rock trio has come into their own. In every way, Prom is a more mature, unique, adventurous, and most of all, accessible record than 2009's widely-praised album Rejoicer. On this gorgeously poppy album, they experiment with beauty, texture, and melody and the OCD-related lyrics are nestled in lulling, comforting sounds. The album was written with touchstones like genre-crossing records from Broadcast and Wire's 154 in mind, in between Emily (vocals/bass) dragging everyone to see terrible movies in theaters and Jim (drums) finishing up his PhD in ethnomusicology. The result is a semi-electronic, often ambient and haunting record, that sounds variously like zombies playing surf rock ("Imagining the Bodies"), glitchy, pounding IDM ("Tiger Trees"), and creepy Spector girl-group tunes ("Sharing") among dozens of others. Emily and Travis (vocals/guitar) obsessed over the melodies this time around, pushing each other to sing better at all turns, and harmonizing in ways they'd never tried before. The band slept in sleeping bags in the studio (Uniform, in Philadelphia), staying up late and waking up early to obsess more, and to fidget with sounds they'd never played with before. Friend Jay Heiselman mixed Prom over the 2010 holidays, diving deep into post-production to help create the intensely new direction for the band.