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Dan Friel: "Thumper"

Dan Friel:

Overdriven chiptune? Hell, why not? Dan Friel and his late collective, Parts and Labor, are often go-to's for the balance of pummeling sheets of sound and killer melody. "Thumper" has exactly that-- a hook that automatically drills itself to the very core of your head and takes up permanent residence alongside memories of getting creamed in Bionic Commando. Or at least the last time you were punched in a mosh pit. Giving weight to that nostalgia is Friel's approach to composition: the synths you hear on the record are from a 1984 Yamaha Portasound (Friel's first instrument, period), while the sequencing and fraying around the edges were done on a 2001 computer running OS9. It gives "Thumper" an extra sweet punch, creating one hell of a lead-in to his new record.

Total Folklore is out February 19th on Thrill Jockey. You can pre-order the record here, and the first 500 who purchase the vinyl will receive an orange pressing of the album. In addition, anyone who pre-orders will be entered to win a custom made music box that plays the hook from "Thumper." 

Dan Friel Preps Thrill Jockey Full-Length

Dan Friel Preps Thrill Jockey Full-Length Photo by Sabine Rogers

Dan Friel of now-defunct New York band Parts and Labor has been making solo sounds on a jerry-rigged setup of cheap electronic keyboards, knobs, and pedals that sit perched on a three-legged desk in his home. Friel's just announced that he'll be putting out a new full-length on Thrill Jockey called Total Folklore, which comes out February 22nd, 2013.

Total Folklore is said to be inspired by the ubiquitous and ever-relatable concept of the morning commute; Friel uses urban field recordings taken from New York and Tokyo, among other places, alongside his manic bedroom experiments, putting a personal spin on the daily grind. The album comes off the heels of Friel's 2012 12", Valedictorian/Exoskeleton, which features a Peaking Lights remix of Total Folklore track, "Ulysses"; hear an edit of the original 12-minute monster below.