Oh boy, let there be blog. With the imminent release of his third studio album (the eagerly-awaited followup to 2007’s stunning Sound Of Silver) LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy has let “the shit” (not to be confused with the “shit”) hit the proverbial fan by dropping not one but two new tracks for the blogosphere’s listening pleasure.
The first morsel, “Oh You (Christmas Blues)”, comes courtesy of Noah Baumbach’s forthcoming dramedy “Greenberg” for which Murphy provides the score. As the name might suggest it’s a little less Disco Infiltrator and a little more stormy a little more bleak and a little more bluesy. We’re too sure how indicative this is of the new album but it’s a little seen side to Murphy’s eclectic repertoire: nihilistic soul-jams that lurch, collapse and swirl while the threat of pilfering The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” looms ominously overhead. None to festive but we likes Sir, we likes. The track is a radio rip so the audio quality’s a little dusty but that adds to the charm I think, the British radio announcer at the end however, doesn’t.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD “Oh You (Christmas Blues)” here.
Working closely with YSL Creative Director Stefano Pilati, next up is this glorious specially commissioned slow burner for Yves Saint Laurent’s Fall/Winter 2010/11 show. The track debuted at the label’s Paris showing earlier this week and is the distant stylistic cousin of the “Greenberg” track above. What can we say? Dude’s got range. Where “Oh You (Christmas Blues)” represents the looser, tortured, more primal version of LCD Soundystem the YSL number is closer to Murphy’s chugging Kraut-inspired “45:33” work for Nike. In other words, music made for putting one foot in front of the other. One’s made for jogging through the park the other is for strutting down a runway both could be on repeat for 10 hours and we wouldn’t notice or care.
So there you have it, two new tracks from LCD Soundsystem. One for a fashion show, one for a film, but zero from the as-yet-untitled third studio album. This of course raises two questions that I’ll throw to you dear reader. Are you vibing on Murphy’s musical side projects? And are these tracks any indication of the new LCD Soundystem LP?