The Next Sounds: Electric Guest
By Sierra Drucker
In the musical era of a major soul re-emergence, Electric Guest come across with a fresh new spin on the genre. Blending it ever so slightly with indie rock and a tinge of hip pop flavor, this Los Angeles duo burst onto the scene with a killer debut.
It’s kind of impossible not to fall in love with their single “This Head I Hold.” It’s catchy, effortlessly stylized, modern and yet tinged with an indiscriminate feeling of nostalgia for the musical decades of yore. From the layered and flowing instrumentation, to those super smooth falsetto vocals, this tune offers a little slice of cultivated perfection.
So who are the masterminds behind it all? Singer Asa Taccone, along with his uber-talented multi-instrumentalist bandmate Matthew Compton, has been busy behind the scenes producing hits for brother Jorma Taccone’s novelty project, The Lonely Island (as made famous by Andy Samberg and Saturday Night Live). Asa’s brother just happened to be longtime friends with the one and only Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). After hearing some of Asa’s songs, Burton knew he wanted to be a part of this passion project.
You can really hear that signature Danger Mouse sound on the track “American Daydream.” Take a listen and watch Asa completely lose his s&*t in their first official video, directed by Jorma Taccone.
Nearly six years and one stress-induced episode of shingles later, Electric Guest has a Danger Mouse-produced full length, and a shiny new label deal with Downtown/Fontana Records.