“I'm really just trying to make a solid album and brush the dust off of Music For People,” Johnsons says. “The last record I released was six months before I started playing with One Hand Loves the Other, so it has been a while. I have to exercise the electronica.”
Judging by this teaser medley, the album will indeed be centered around a heavy-duty dose of classic electronica, but there are plenty of open spaces for vocals, guitar parts and various percussive excursions to give the songs direction as well. It’s also undeniable that the few scenes from the new record he's offering here are a lot more polished than the aesthetically dirty sound of MFP’s previous releases, but there are some noisier moments tucked away in the cracks, waiting to sprout.
All of this is a vast departure from the typically brittle nature of Johnson’s other band, Tealights. In May, Johnson’s cohort — and former Sorry No Ferrari guitarist — Brett Kelly explained that the new Tealights record will be based on a collection of African folklore that hasn’t ever been properly translated into English. No release date has been announced yet, and it’s probably going to be a minute on that one.
In the meantime, this file (below) shows off the MFP album’s skeletal structure, weaving glitch and pop forms together in some interesting ways. But it’s just a glimpse at the shape of things to come in September when the album drops via Bandcamp.
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