Bands to Watch #130: Desktop

By on Tuesday, 1st September 2009 at 4:00 pm

Trying out a new way of doing Bands to Watch features, let us know if you prefer this way or not! Today, our 130th Band to Watch, Desktop.

They say:

Desktop is Keith Thompson from Electric Six and Zach Curd from The Pop Project, and is unlike Curd’s and Thompson’s other projects, meeting somewhere between Stevie Wonder, New Order and 80s Detroit techno. Thompson’s thick and driving bass lines and Curd’s rich, reverb-drenched harmonies stand out as highlights of their debut self-titled EP. The EP was completely collaborative from the onset, with Thompson and Curd constantly revising each other’s contributions, at all times pushing for the goal of a better song. Thompson and Curd developed the recordings completely via the internet, never actually working on anything together in the same room.

With all the ambient, axe wielding, lo-fi experimentalists taking over the independent music limelight, Desktop have created a smart, feel-good breath of fresh air.

We say:

Fun, funky and fetching, this duo’s debut three track EP will make you move. It varies between the tongue-in-cheek of Electric Six, 80’s synth pop and 90’s guilty pleasures. I get a sense that this is strictly a fun project, but it also has the well-produced, professional vibe that could see it cross over into mainstream blogger-pop history. It’s not set to set to be a critic’s wet dream like Animal Collective or La Roux, but it could well have the mainstream appeal that many blog-hype bands lack.

You say:

Download their debut three track EP below, and leave your comments below.

MP3: Desktop – Liberty
MP3: Desktop – Fired Up
MP3: Desktop – Too Much

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