When (misguided) people complain that they don't like "electronic music" -- an increasingly broad and meaningless catch-all phrase -- what they're usually saying is that they don't like music that feels sterile and surgical. If your voice is autotuned, how do you capture genuine emotion (Kanye West's "Runaway" is proof why this is a false choice but that's a discussion for another day)? How can a synth convey sweeping atmosphere the way a full "band" can? Can a drum machine ever match the messy, intensity and minute imperfections of a real human being? But we have a renaissance of bands working today proving that these distinctions are meaningless now and have always been a tool for rockists to dismiss a particular means of expression. Tame Impala embraced psychedelia and personal growth on the highly electronic Currents
. Milo Greene found their textured harmonies and layered sound had room to grow on the electronic Control
, and Brooklyn electro-psych garage poppers The Fantastic Plastics
find acid-tinged glam pop in their subversive electronic jam, "It's All Plastic."
We have the exclusive premiere of the track and between this and NoNoGoGo
(which we premiered in April), the Fantastic Plastics redefine what you can do with electronic sounds without sacrificing the essential messiness (in a good sense) of garage and psychedelia. This is a tune you pop into headphones and you dance to in your room and maybe you partake of some...mood enhancers but you don't have to. The Fantastic Plastics will get you there with or without that outside help.
This track is due out on The Fantastic Plastics newest record, Devolver
, due out 9/18.