One new project that has steadily seized a lion’s share of my attention in 2012 is Brooklyn’s TEEN. The all-female project led by former Here We Go Magic keyboardist Teeny Lieberson was the subject of a Band to Watch post earlier this summer. TEEN’s ambient, experimental brand of pop is one that I’ve been lapping up with increasing fervor with each subsequent taste in the run-up to the release of their August 28 debut LP In Limbo.
This month’s appetizer arrives in the form of The Rumblette Mix Tape, a six-track sample that finds TEEN affirming the age-old theory that opposites attract. The group mashes a mind-bending set of pairings that range from Pavement to Outkast. For me, the mix really gains traction on TEEN’s cover of 1990s R&B deep cut “Not Gonna” by 702. Floating echo-laden vocals above a minimalist Aphex Twin backbeat gives the track a seriousness and beauty that the original was never able to accomplish. More than anything, The Rumblette Mix Tape confirms what we may have already suspected from TEEN: these chicks know how to stack sounds, however disparate they may appear at the surface.
Stream and download a free copy of The Rumblette Mix Tape below, courtesy of Carpark Records. The covers prove an interesting contrast to the first singles from In Limbo. Check out TEEN’s video for the album’s first single “Electric,” which debuted today. Aside from the song’s spaced-out ending, “Electric” feels tight and focused by comparison.
Written by Rob Peoni
Were the world a rational place, 2012 might very well have been a dark year for Teeny Lieberson. Since her departure, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich has taken Lieberson’s former band, Here We Go Magic, under his wing. Under his guidance, the band released its most critically acclaimed album to date in the form of A Different Ship. Fortunately for listeners, logic is a rare bird in this world of ours. Rather than wallow in what might have been, we find Lieberson fast at work on her aptly titled female group TEEN.
Brooklyn-based TEEN features Lieberson’s sisters Katherine and Lizzie on percussion and keys respectively, along with longtime friend Jane Herships on bass and Maia Ibar on drums. Each member of the band sings, and they sing well. Last year, TEEN independently released a four-track EP entitled little doods. The debut kicks off with the catchy hook of “Cannibal”, featured below. Though I’m just as smitten with the sleepy, scorned love of “Just Another” and rattling, lo-fi drone of closing track “Ocean Pearl.”
Since releasing little doods, TEEN has spent the better part of the last year carving out an identity. They have shared the stage with Thought on Tracks favorites Caveman, Gauntlet Hair and Purity Ring among others. On August 28, TEEN will release its debut full-length In Limbo on Carpark Records. The label recently dropped the album’s first single “Better”. Listen to the .mp3 here, and watch the video via PAPERMAG. The video features footage from the Kevin Bacon classic Quicksilver and is not to be missed.
Still unconvinced? If you manage to sit through “Come Back” from the Secret Garden video session featured below without immediately transforming into a staunch TEEN supporter, then I give up. The video features four previously unreleased songs, including the title track from the forthcoming LP. When you’ve got a few minutes, click play and refrain from averting your eyes until completion. You will not finish disappointed. If I’m wrong, feel free to call me an asshole in the comment section beneath the post.
Written by Rob Peoni
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