They’ve since made the most of that happenstance, honing their industrial dancepunk sound into a gleaming and sleek set of razor’s edge grooves on sophomore album The Leather Lemon. The group’s penchant for experimental sounds hasn’t been smoothed over, but even as they continue to follow the thread of where their improvisation takes them, their songwriting has grown even stronger, whether on the dancefloor stomp “Contradiction of Wants” or the melancholy sophisti-pop ballad “Tears in the Rain.”
While you’re at Treble’s site, also check out this feature on Broadcast, where I wrote about Tender Buttons.
The Leather Lemon – the second full-length album from my experimental electronic-pop group P.E. – is out now on Wharf Cat Records. The record was Album Of The Week on Treble Zine and at Big Love Records (in Tokyo), and it received a glowing review from Bill Pearis on Brooklyn Vegan (“their best record yet… the production is wilder, the hooks are bigger, and everything feels more confident.”). I also did a Talkhouse interview with Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, and our singer Veronica Torres was profiled on Audiofemme. I am so proud of this album – from both creative and professional standpoints, it’s simply one of the best records that I’ve ever had a hand in making. Pink, teal, and black LPs are available at record shops worldwide! The Leather Lemon is out now via Wharf Cat Records.
“Contradiction Of Wants” is the final single from The Leather Lemon, the new record from my group P.E. Sharp-eared and detail-oriented listeners alike may recognize the seeds of “Contradiction Of Wants” from the Sick, Sad, Fun! mixtape we released with our debut LP Person. What started as a practice-space jam became an explosion of sound in its studio form, and yet another example of why you should always be recording. We’re throwing a record release show in NYC at Union Pool on March 23 with Pop 1280 and DJ A. Savage – get yr tix here!The Leather Lemon is out March 25 via Wharf Cat Records.
P.E. – my group of electronic-pop weirdos – have announced our new album The Leather Lemon and released its first single “Blue Nude (Reclined)”. The Fader premiered the new song, calling it “soft and a little sleazy”, and the track also appeared on Stereogum (“pushing further ahead into the mutated pop side of their sound”), Brooklyn Vegan (“exploring dance music by way of post-punk and no wave”), and Treble’s “Essential Tracks” (“P.E. have some honest-to-god dancefloor bangers in them”). As I wrote in the press release, “This was one of the first songs we wrote for the new record, shortly after settling ourselves mentally and physically around the country. With all of our tour plans scrapped in the initial wave of the pandemic, the five of us decided to put our energies into writing new material for the next record, trading files back and forth in order to shape our new sound. ‘Blue Nude’ quickly became an inspiration for the rest of The Leather Lemon, something that foregrounded both the song and the sound, as fun as it was abstract.” The Leather Lemon is out March 25 on Wharf Cat Records.
Brooklyn-based P.E. don’t merely play the notes on The Reason for My Love as much as they barrel right through them. The quintet refines their post-punk impulses on their 2020 debut Person and transforms them into a body-moving EP. The jittery electronics are still there, but the drum cuts feel sharper and lighter, bringing a sense of structure to what could easily be shapeless. Vocalist Veronica Torres abandons spoken-word and leans fully into singing about poetry, beauty, and the contours of the body. Her lovely vocal stretches fill up the space once occupied by industrial bass drops. Sensuality suits them well. –Kelly Liu
The Reason For My Love is the new EP from my group P.E. (along with Bob Jones of Eaters and former members of Pill Veronica Torres, Ben Jaffe, and Jon Campolo). Featuring three new songs (including the lead single title track) and two remixes (one by Xiu Xiu, the other by us), this collection is inspired by classic 12″ EPs and is designed for the dancefloor. Bill Pearis from Brooklyn Vegan reviewed the EP in this week’s Indie Basement column, saying “the three new songs here are the band’s most song-like creations yet. And best. While still experimental, there is a pop backbone to all three, not to mention an overt danceability.” The Reason For My Love is out now via Wharf Cat Records.
P.E. – my psychedelic industrial pop group with members of Pill and Eaters – is back with the new single “The Reason For My Love.” Brooklyn Vegan premiered the track, with Stereogum and Recommended Listen also featuring the new song, “an altered zone of sax pop and asymmetrical synth lines grooving their way around Veronica Torres’ cool faith in the greatest emotion.” It’s the title track from our upcoming EP of the same name, which features two other new tracks and two remixes – one by Xiu Xiu and another by the band. We spent much of 2020 generating new song ideas, and convened at Studio Windows earlier this year to pull everything together. I love this song – it’s one of my favorites P.E. has ever done – and the EP is a dance-floor-ready summer jammer. You can stream the single below, and pre-order The Reason For My Love EP now (available Sept 3 via Wharf Cat Records).
Phantom Rhythm Remixed – the new remix album of songs by Chinese/Canadian guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong – is out now! After being featured in Resident Advisor, Exclaim gave it 8/10 (“fold[s] musical styles across borders of every kind”) and Vinyl District gave it an ‘A-‘ (“An LP as fun as it was unexpected”). Featuring reinterpretations by Yu Su, Howie Lee, and other rising stars from China and abroad, this collection plays more like a well-curated compilation than a classic “remix record”. In addition to producing/recording/mixing the original record, I worked with my group P.E. to rework the single “Ride Your Horse” into what Exclaim describes as “a roaming free-jazz chariot ride through resonant piano chords that dangle over snapping percussion.” Head over to Bandcamp to pick up your own copy, check out the video below, and stream the whole album on your favorite platform. Phantom Rhythm Remixed is out now via Wharf Cat Records & bié.
Chinese/Canadian guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong return with Phantom Rhythm Remixed! The remix LP was announced today via Exclaim, along with a remix of “Some Kind of Demon” by Yu Su. The original Phantom Rhythm is a highlight of my discography, and these remixes stretch the sound of those songs into new shapes while remaining undeniably Gong Gong Gong. I’m excited not only for fans being able to hear these new versions, but also that my group P.E. has the opening remix on the album – a psychedelic odyssey spun out of “Ride Your Horse”. Phantom Rhythm Remixed is out on June 25 courtesy of Wharf Cat Records – pre-order the record through their site or Bandcamp, and check out the travelogue video for the Yu Su remix below.
My group P.E. returns with I Wanna Be Your Dog, Boy – our take on a couple of punk classics. The A-Side is a minimal & surreal interpretation of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (which we played live earlier this year) with a relatively more straight rendition of The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” on the flip. Flood Magazine premiered our version of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” – which they called “equal parts seductive and unnerving” – with additional features on Stereogum (“eerie, sax-laced, broken-down”), Treble (“excellent”), and Brooklyn Vegan (“slowing it to a crawl but upping the heat to just below a boil”) and NPR’s Viking Choice Playlist. These songs may have begun before the pandemic, but they were largely recorded & arranged remotely, and served as the perfect gateway into working on our next record. I edited/mixed/mastered both songs at Studio Windows in Brooklyn, NY.