Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Free tune: The Clean

Merge Records' The Clean have got a song, Tensile, which they want you to gently place on your iPod, or Walkman, or commit to memory and pass on to your grandchildren in your own fine oral tradition.

Listen/download Tensile mp3 here.

You can also grab In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul mp3 here.

Pretty different songs, huh? In the Dreamlife sounds like classic Clean song to me, but Tensile is something else. Merge calls it an "Autobahn-referential instro moment", but only the vocodered-vox heads off in that direction; I wanna create a television show just so I can use it as the theme music. It's a propulsive rock tune with a cooling-down effect brought on by that 70's robot warbling.

Both of the above songs are taken from their new album, Mister Pop, which will be out September 8. If you pre-order Mister Pop before that date or the new Polvo album or book Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records (holy cats, that looks amazing!), you get a chance to win a complete Score! subscription. That's fine and dandy, 'cuz you cannot buy it anymore.

Is it really possible that The Clean have been making music since 1978? The single for Tally Ho was released in 1981.

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