Saturday, January 24, 2009

the metric mile

The Metric Mile are Patrick Smith (keyboards and blips) and Jeff Ciprioni (guitar and vocals), hailing from the coolest place in the world right now, Brooklyn. Honestly, does this place have the highest per capita population of cool musicians in the world right now? Jeff used to play in another wonderful band, My Teenage Stride, and The Metric Mile previously featured the talents of Peggy from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. That's pedigree!

Their single, "In Praise of Ski Jumpers", released on their own Kingsland Territories imprint, is an excursion into Field Mice dream pop, backed by drum beats that recalls the best of New Order. It's dreamy and danceable at once - not quite shoegaze, not quite electronic, but with the best elements of both in one. I'd be happy to play the A-side over and over, if the B-side "Codebreakers" wasn't similarly winsome.

Best of all, buy yourself the hard copy of the single (from here) and receive digital versions of the tracks for free! Not quite steak knives, but I'd like to think it's an even better deal.

Download "In Praise of Ski Jumpers"!

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