Find me offbeat wonky pop in the vein of W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs!
July 27, 2011 4:48 AM   Subscribe

Find me offbeat wonky pop in the vein of W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs!

So I love the new tUnE-yArDs album and want to find more stuff like it.

Strange and offbeat samply or guitary music, interesting mathy beats or strange infectious grooves.

I want it upbeat and as poppy as possible whilst still being all over the shop.

Other touchpoints include:
Los Campesinos!
Everything Everything
Dirty Projectors
'Walkabout' by Atlas Sound
Remain in Light-era Talking Heads
The weirder end of Super furry Animals.

Thanks! Excited!
posted by Cantdosleepy to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: jónsi - - the entire album is fun and energetic...
posted by fozzie33 at 5:00 AM on July 27, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks – saw him live last year. Really really good indeed.
posted by Cantdosleepy at 5:05 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: Have you ever listened to Deerhoof? They are sort of what you're looking for, maybe a little stranger. I'd start with their later albums (Deerhoof vs. Evil or Friend Opportunity) if you're more interested in having a pop element.

There's also a band called Experimental Dental School you might dig - very atonal guitar focused stuff.
posted by Fiorentina97 at 5:53 AM on July 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The previous tUnE-yArDs album, Birdbrains is good.
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:00 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: Kevin Blechdom
posted by thylacine at 6:06 AM on July 27, 2011

PS - That's awesome you put 'Walkabout' by Atlas Sound, I'm in love with that song but most I play it for don't :)
posted by sprocket87 at 6:14 AM on July 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh and sorry about putting Everything Everything on there, I forgot you listed it in the OP.
posted by sprocket87 at 6:35 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: Micachu & the shapes
posted by neroli at 6:36 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: All of these people warrant further investigation:

Ariel Pink - Bright Lit Blue Skies
WU LYF - We Bros
The Invisible - London Girl
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Drippy Eye
Caribou - Melody Day
TV On The Radio - Crying

If you don't mind crazy jazzy upbeat stuff, try some Boredoms. Not sure where to start you... maybe spiral?
posted by Magnakai at 6:56 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: I'd recommend Gang Gang Dance, especially if you're okay with something more electronic. On tour right now too.
posted by quelindo at 8:07 AM on July 27, 2011

Response by poster: Some brilliant suggestions so far. I've seen Gang Gang Dance and Deerhof and Battles and Ariel Pink and enjoyed all of those guys a whole bunch. I got into Black Moth through Sparklehorse and Four Tet and liked it also.

We should have a music festival with all these bands playing. It would be ace.

Keep the suggestions coming!
posted by Cantdosleepy at 8:40 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: DD/MM/YYYY
Dog Day
posted by Sys Rq at 9:03 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: Merrill (from tune yards) produced a great record by Thao and Mirah.

Also, White Hinterland.

And maybe check out Givers.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:30 AM on July 27, 2011

Best answer: I think Architecture in Helsinki's In Case We Die album is a great example of off-beat pop, both lyrically and musically, although their output since then has varied in quality to put it nicely.

Seconding Ariel Pink, so weird, yet always with an ear for great, poppy hooks. Round and Round is one of the best songs of the past 10 years I would say. They also feature on the Tradi-Mods vs. rockers compilation which you might really like, it's basically a bunch of well known indie bands doing versions of Congotronics

Skeletons & the Kings of All Cities is a lesser known band, their 2008 album Lucas is a bit more on the experimental end of pop/rock. Reminds me of Dirty Projectors' approach a bit.

Napoleon IIIrd is another good choice, kind of a cross between Ariel Pink and Panda Bear. Here's a cut from last year's Christiania album that sums up his manic style.

One more, Clive Tanaka y su Orquesta, example from recent release Jet Set Siempre No. 1.
posted by the foreground at 12:13 PM on July 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

Whoops, lost my train of thought on the Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers compilation. Example here.
posted by the foreground at 12:15 PM on July 27, 2011

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