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Duo Duo

by Operator Music Band

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1.
03:21
2.
Mondo
3.
Nul
4.
Practical Action
5.
Income/Outcome
6.
Fiji
7.
Trippple
8.
Rex
9.
The Gift
10.
Juice

about

At one point during the bizarre music video for Operator Music Band’s 2016 single, “Bebop Radiohaus,” singer/guitarist Jared Hiller looks straight into the camera and asks, blankly, “is it unseen? Is it something real?” It’s not exactly clear what Hiller is questioning the existence of, but he seems to have settled on an answer on Duo Duo, the Brooklyn quartet’s sophomore album out 9/20 via Broken Circles.

There’s a song on the record called “Nul,” a Priests by way of Deerhoof post-punk boogie, in which Hiller and his synth-wizard co-vocalist Dara Hirsch trade philosophical musings about the concept of time. “We are infinite so / reality is a matter of choice” is how Hiller chooses to wrap it up, a solution that may relieve his existential anxiety, but only poses more questions in the process. Lyrically, the band have an insatiable curiosity for the unknown, an itch to explore the ways humans communicate with each other and the world around us—to understand our societal limits in order to expand them. And Duo Duo fosters that sense of wonder through its hypnotizing breed of forward-thinking krautrock.

Hirsch’s radiant voice glides, and her colorful Moog melodies dance, atop the rubbery grooves of “Practical Action” and “Income/Outcome,” respectively. The blub-blub-blub bass of “Trippple” bubbles to the surface, where a clacking percussive strike skids across the rhythm and Hirsch delivers a quirkier version of her already-peculiar intonation. “Slim Spin” opens the record with a gush of iridescent synths before collapsing back into a taut, minimalist bassline. Highly meticulous and unconventionally structured swells like that are Operator Music Band’s wheelhouse, as they close the record with a one-two of the mesmerizingly driving (“The Gift”) and the surreally funky (“Juice”), each of which showcase their climactic proclivities.

The name Duo Duo suggests a pair is present. It could be referencing Hirsch and Hiller’s striking chemistry. Or the way those two sound so locked into the rhythm section that they can write parts that drift in and out of sync—like a scrimmage match between members of the same team. Or maybe it’s a commentary on our own infinities, and the choice that is inherent to every quandary we’re faced with. Whatever the real reference may be, Operator Music Band make music for both moments of intense theorization and mindlessly euphoric dance seshes.

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releases September 20, 2019

The music band is
Dara Hirsch
Jared Hiller
Gabe Pittleman
Alejandro Salazar Dyer

All Song by Operator Music Band

Produced by Henry Terepka
Additional Production by Jonathan Schenke

Mixed and Engineered by Jonathan Schenke at Studio Windows
(Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY)

Mastered by Alex Previty

Rhythm section recorded by Jonathan Schenke at Studio Windows
All other tracks recorded by Lorenzo Wolff at Restoration Sound (Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY)

String arrangement for “Rex” by Carlos Hernandez
Additional Arrangement by Dara Hirsch & Lorenzo Wolff

Cover Sculpture by Christopher Duffy
Cover Photography by Marcus Paul McDonald

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Operator Music Band Brooklyn, New York

With shades of art-pop experimentalism and electronic minimalism, New York’s Operator Music Band is blend of the comforting analogue old and the kinetic digital new. Warbling synthesizers and waves of feedback noise wander over steady motorik beats, bringing krautrock into an exciting third wave of synthetic bliss. ... more

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Track Name: Slim Spin
Radiate
My perfection
Generate
A reaction
Forgiveness
As foundation
Nothing less
In Moderation

Sinking in
patterns of
momentous
momentum

Escalate
As an action
For defense
A reaction
Ignorance
Complication
In excess
As motivation

Sinking in
patterns of
momentous momentum

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