Published Feb 02, 2011Today's lo-fi pop scene is an insular world, as bands trade members like it's a high stakes game of musical chairs. It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that some of the major players down south have teamed up for a project called the Zodiacs.
The band centre upon label Captured Tracks and its circle of friends, with Zodiacs' lineup reportedly changing with every song the project release.
The first Zodiacs offering will be a seven-inch for the song "Faraway Friend." It features Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Dee Dee on lead vocals. She's backed by Woods members Jeremy Earl (drums) and Jarvis Taveniere (guitar), along with Blank Dogs' Mike Sniper on bass and backing vocals, and Crystal Stilts' JB Townsend on guitar.
The track was recorded by Taveniere at Woodsist's Rear House studio in Brooklyn, NY. Unsurprisingly, given the musicians involved, it's a lo-fi pop tune cloaked in a blanket of eerie reverb. Listen over at Pitchfork.
The single will come out in a limited, one-time run of 1,000 copies. Each band involved will get about 30 copies, which they'll sell at shows, and a few more will go out to select independent record stores. The others will be included as freebies when you order something over $10 from Captured Tracks.
This likely won't be the last we hear of Zodiacs, as the label is planning a future full-length album. We can't wait to see who gets involved next.