NEW YORK sonic collective Psymon Spine, who push out past the amazing cosmic glitter of Tame Impala and take current indie-psychedelic-disco thinking to other realms, have double dropped two new neon flavours to bring extra sparkle and glow to your Christmas season: a digital double A, “Mr. Metronome” and “Drums Valentino”, both of which are out now on Northern Spy.
“[They] were among the first song ideas we came up with when first starting our sophomore record,” says PS founding member Noah Prebish.
“We wrote them near the end of a two-year hiatus which was spent pursuing various other projects by the individuals in the band. Following the break, we were all feeling hungry to make a new Psymon Spine record and we quickly began exploring the new sounds that would ultimately define the album.
“This process left us with two tracks which were a bit too crazy for Charismatic Megafauna, but too good not to finish.”
And here they are: “Mr Metronome” includes musings on dating and social dynamics and a desire to quit all unfulfilling obligations in order to really concentrate on making music together – partly recited in German, of course; is thus wholly of a smoky European basement disco circa 1982 or 2202, filled with busy synthetic chatter; has a little dash of Ladytron, too.
Sabine Holler wrote the German vocal hook, which translates as: “I saw your message, I have to go to work,” which is followed by the repeated refrain, “my schedule, my schedule.” Robotic responses tailored for a dehumanized gig economy.
By contrast, “Drums Valentino” pulls back a little towards fleshworld, a laidback guitar essay transformed by whooshing ad wheezing groove.
“We’ve all had a crazy few years, and for all of us this band is a safe haven; a community, and a way to create something about what we were experiencing,” says Noah.
Psymon Spine’s “Mr. Metronome” / “Drums Valentino” digital single is out now on digital streaming platforms via Northern Spy.
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