Mindreading, the long-delayed second album by Singer, is out now on Drag City. This was recorded in 2009 after Todd Rittmann left to form D(ead) Rider (which is particularly awesome live), and the results are more synth-oriented than Unhistories, and even more abstract. I assisted the band in the recording (setting up mics and getting sounds for the group to build upon), and it was mixed by Randall Dunn (who has previously worked on releases by Sunn 0))), Earth, and Black Mountain).
I think Drag City sums it up best: “Democracy in motion…slow motion. Drifting into and through an amoebic evolution in sound, Mindreading discerns a new form of pop music. Paranormal or supernatural – take your pick!”
In other news, the upcoming Pterodactyl record Spills Out is finished!! It turned out amazing, we’re all super-psyched on the outcome, and the early artwork looks fantastic. Look out for it this Fall on Brah/Jagjaguwar.
Also, I just returned from another year working at Pitchfork Music Festival. Shabazz Palaces, Kylessa, James Blake, and OFF! were definitely the highlights on my stage. As always, it was a marathon weekend, but my friends and co-workers on the staff made it all run well, and it was awesome to see my Chicago folk again. Big shout out to Matt, the Ice Cream Man!