On sophomore record, Second Skin, Nick and Rachel Kraska eschew guitars in favor of hip-hop and dub arrangements that are seamlessly swirled with Rachel’s classic keyboard licks and Nick’s hard hits of the kit. Think Hammond organ, Clavichord and Melotron over Timbaland-meets-James-Murphy MPC grooves steered by primal drumming.
Though stark a sonic departure from the band’s sparse, haunting 2009 S/T debut, Second Skin continues to traverse dark topics, as heard on the album’s debut single, Kid With a Gun, written days after the tragic Newtown school shootings. Be sure to check out the video for Kid With a Gun (feel free to post and share - continue after video).
Though many of the record’s lyrical themes explore the pair’s fascination with facades and disguises, double lives, hidden powers and dirty secrets, there’s also a sense of hope and fun peeking its way through the clouds, such as a come-hither love song, The Hunter, and a tongue-in-cheek anthem about being kidnapped by aliens, Communion.
Recorded and produced in just eight days with the venerable Bill Skibbe (Wild Belle, The Kills, Fiery Furnaces), Second Skin is a nine-song collection that ultimately broke every rule the duo had set for itself, and the pair is all the better for it.
For fans of: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sharon Van Etten, the Kills, Metric, Nick Cave, Grimes, Local Natives, Austra, Bat for Lashes, Anika
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Second Skin, S/T and Between the Two are all available through all major digital outlets (itunes, spotify, rdio, bandcamp, etc). Vinyl LP of Second Skin can be ordered here. LP and CD of S/T, as well as Between the Two on CD available for order here.
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Streaming interview on NPR's Eight Forty-Eight.
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