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Side projects that sound overly similar to the artists' main band are always a letdown. Why not take some chances, do something crazy, or head off in a totally unexpected direction? Rostam Batmaglij of Vampire Weekend and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot have taken this to heart on their collaboration, Discovery. There is absolutely no trace of the precise, orchestrated, indie popcraft of Ra Ra Riot or the jittery, Afro-pop of Vampire Weekend to be found on the duo's debut record LP. Instead they go for a crazily warped version of modern R&B jams filtered through '80s dance music, '00s hip-hop, and Jamaican dancehall that is both hilarious and wonderful. Hilarious because the synth tones are so fat, the beats so clichéd, the EFX so corny that you can't help but laugh; wonderful because the duo know exactly how to put all the elements together to make a thrillingly silly and fun album. Whether they are bringing in Angel Deradoorian from Dirty Projectors to sing the hook on "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," hijacking the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" for some dreamy deconstruction, conjuring up the ghost of the Art of Noise (and their huge drum machines) on the mind-bending "So Insane," or constantly laying down beats that would make Cameo blush, the pair never let the fun stop or make a false move into sincerity or authenticity. Sure they manage to write some sweet melodies (like on "Carby" and "Osaka Loop Line"), sing in tender falsettos (Batmaglij and Miles split vocal duties evenly), and write sensitive lyrics instead of loverman boasts or pleas, but overall, the feeling you get from the record is that of a couple of guys having an incredibly fun time creating music that has absolutely no socially redeeming values at all. Who needs those anyway when LP is so joyous, perfectly conceived, and flat out fun? Stick to the duo's day jobs for that, come to Discovery for the jamz!

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
Label: Xl Recordings
UPC: 0634904044626
catalogNumber: 40446
Rank: 145483

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Discovery   Primary Artist
Wesley Miles   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Rostam Batmanglij   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Ezra Koenig   Vocals
Angel Deradoorian   Vocals
Wes Miles   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Berry Gordy   Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Shane Stoneback   Engineer
Wesley Miles   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Rostam Batmanglij   Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Ezra Koenig   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Audio Production
Wes Miles   Composer,Lyricist,drum programming,Audio Production
Frederick Perrin   Composer

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LP 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Katertot More than 1 year ago
I actually really like the editorial review for this cd because I think the reviewer hit it on the nose - this is a cd that's purely for fun. The music is obviously hip hop influenced but has enough electronic elements to make those unfamiliar with or those who are not huge fans of hip hop still able to enjoy it. I love the cover of "I Want You Back" as well as "Osaka Loop Line", "So Insane", and "Swing Tree" as they seem to be the most electronica-influenced, which is why I bought the album in the first place. The songs are great to dance to and I think it makes a perfect summer driving record.
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