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Alternative / 27. Februar 2019

Stephen Malkmus (ex-Pavement): Groove Denied

The secret electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been telling everyone about will see the light of day on Domino.

Stephen Malkmus Solo, ohne The Jicks, dafür mit mehr Elektronik und neuen Einflüssen.

»Groove Denied« ist das erste Stephen Malkmus Soloalbum, also ohne seine Kollegen »The Jicks«, seit 2001. Als Sound-Referenzen darf man hier die frühen Human League oder sogar Men Without Hats heranziehen.

Stephen sagt: »Ich dachte an Dinge wie Pete Shelleys Homosapien, Human League und DIY-Synth-Musik um das Jahr 1982. Und auch daran, dass in den New Wave 80er Jahren diese suburbanen Ab-18-Dance-Clubs der Ort waren, wo sich alle Freaks trafen – ein Zufluchtsort.

The rumours are true: the secret electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been telling everyone about will see the light of day on Domino. But Groove Denied is not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. Groove Denied is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a routine. As Malkmus commented, “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to.”

The first taste of Stephen’s new groove was Viktor Borgia. The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

Release Info

Stephen Malkmus
15. März 2019

Verfügbare Formate

Ltd. LP clear


Pre Order // Buy now
  1.  Side A: Belziger Faceplant
  2.  A Bit Wilder
  3.  Viktor Borgia
  4.  Come Get Me
  5.  Forget Your Place
  6.  Side B: Rushing The Acid Frat
  7.  Love The Door
  8.  Bossviscerate
  9.  Ocean of Revenge
  10.  Grown Nothing

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