Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My Teenage Stride

Download -- My Teenage Stride -- "To Live and Die in the Airport Lounge"
Download -- My Teennage Stride -- "Terror Bends"

I first became aware of Brooklyn's, My Teenage Stride after reading a review of their last record for Becalmed, Major Major at the now defunct Splendid. Intrigued by the sample MP3 that accompanied the review, we struck up a correspondence with the label in the hopes that we might get to work for MTS should a new record come about. Needless to say, we're pleased as can be that we were able to do so on Ears Like Golden Bats, which will see release here in the States on Feb. 27th.

The new record consists of 14 songs, but still clocks in at a discreet 40 minutes, which is certainly something I was pleased to see. The songs, while short, are nevertheless fully developed pop tunes that benefit from their compactness. Head strider, Jedediah Smith impresses with his omnivorous incorporation of mid-80s to early 90s indiepop outfits from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Of the two songs offered today, "To Live and Die in the Airport Lounge" brings to mind Brian Eno, and not just in the song title's potential allusion to the ambient masterpiece. Here it's more in the vocals, which remind me of the earlier, glammier, immediately post-Roxy Eno output. And, "Terror Bends" with its hard charging verses, and even peppier choruses, gets in and gets out without delaying the payoff.

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