April 14, 2012

The Mall

Well, it looks like FAVORS (David Mohr) has done it again. His 2011 release, FIVE MILLION YEARS, was one of my albums of the year, and now his latest release, Keeper, is already lodging itself firmly in my favorite albums of 2012. Magical from beginning to end, Keeper is perfect dancefloor fodder, whether that dancefloor is in an actual club or your bedroom. Filled with allusions to technology, love, and various time periods, the album flows perfectly from hit to hit; each track kicks off with hard-hitting, distinctive beats that I can't seem to get out of my brain. In "The Mall," Mohr affably sings, "We can leave this century / we will be okay / what do they really tell us with the DNA? / I will buy new clothes / I'll see you at the mall / we all die one day, after all", after which the chorus chants "the 60s, the 70s, the 80s, the 90s." Referencing various decades seems appropriate, since Mohr seems to have carefully picked up influences from all over -- managing to combine David Byrne-esque lyrics, polished, robotic Devo-inspired rhythms, and bits of 90s dancehall flair to make an album that truly stands out among all the other flat, banal electronic records these days.

MP3: FAVORS - The Mall
You can pay what you want for the digital copy of Keeper, or buy the pretty, metallic blue cassette for only $6 here. Edition of only 25!

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