Singer’s Mindreading (just released on Drag City) is the long-delayed follow-up to their 2008 debut Unhistories; recorded in 2009 and mixed by Cave Singers/Earth/Sunn O)) producer Randall Dunn, no explanation is offered as to why the album has spent so long on the shelf, but it may well have something to do with the interim departure of guitarist Todd Rittman. As a trio – brothers Adam (ex U.S. Maple) and Ben (Bird Show Band) Vida, with former 90 Day Men member and Lichens lynchpin Robert AA Lowe – the Chicago collective still make a pretty dense noise, with multi-tracked half-stuttered, half-sighed vocals, vaporous synths and fizzling circuitry interweaving with thick bass tones and tricky drum patterns. Spaced-out but subtly seductive, there are just enough hooks to stop Mindreading drifting into ambient territory, with some of the stronger melodies imagining a 21st century update of the electronic avant-pop created by Bowie and Eno during their ’70s “Berlin” period. Check out the trippy “New Bad Teeth” below.
Listen: “New Bad Teeth” http://www.dragcity.com/system/tracks/downloads/4987/original/1-02_New_Bad_Teeth.mp3