Lazerbeak “Salt and Sea”

By Brad Reno on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010  |  3,029 views

Electro-pop

Lazerbeak “Salt and Sea” Lazerbeak “Salt and Sea”

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As a 14-year-old, Aaron Mader formed the Minneapolis indie rock band The Plastic Constellations and over the next dozen years earned good notices from the likes of Spin and Pitchfork. Following the dissolution of The Plastic Constellations, Mader renamed himself after a Transformer and became the beatmaster for the Twin Cities hip-hop collective Doomtree.

On “Salt and Sea,” a track from his solo debut Legend Recognize Legend (released yesterday on Doomtree Records), Lazerbeak effortlessly combines the two phases of his career, producing a densely constructed collage of hip-hop beats and keyboards with a strong melody and layered vocals. Appropriately enough for a guy named after a giant robot, the music has a bit of a mechanical, sci-fi feel to it, drawing on droning space rock to add yet another element to the sound.

Lazerbeak himself is not a typical vocalist for this type of stuff, being a bit rougher around the edges than the usual electro-pop singer, but it works, especially when his wife Brittany adds subtle harmony vocals to sweeten things up. “Salt and Sea” summons to mind a strange place where Stereolab gets funky and jams with Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth. The fact that such an unpromising combination ends up sounding great is just one of the track’s many pleasant surprises.

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