Stop everything you are doing. I think you're going to want to hear the new Menomena single
. This morning, on an official announcement on the band's website (and also Pitchfork, Stereogum, and your kid brother's blog) drummer Danny Seim
finally gave some concrete details on the upcoming Menomena record, Mines
, which is out on July 27 on Barsuk records. First, we've got the debut single, "Five Little Rooms," a typically dense and saxophone-laden slice of keyboard pop that features Seim on lead vocals and lots of weird little keyboard effects. It's not as poppy as past singles like "Wet and Rusting," but more expansive.
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Next, the cover image, which doesn't appear as much here but is actually a stereogram, or a 3D optical allusion created from two flat, 2D images. I assume once we get a physical copy the face of the broken siren here will turn into the face of multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf in the right light. Take that, Animal Collective!
And finally we have the ALL CAPS tracklist, sure to drive every copy editor in the world crazy in two months:
01 QUEEN BLACK ACID
04 DIRTY CARTOONS
08 OH PRETTY BOY, YOU'RE SUCH A BIG BOY
09 FIVE LITTLE ROOMS
10 SLEEPING BEAUTY
Here's what Seim posted to the band's website about Mines
. "Five Little Rooms" is definitely the best song to feature the word "prostitute" that I've heard in a long time:
Here are five little facts about "Five Little Rooms"
Image courtesy of Menomena
1. It's the ninth track on our new album
2. It started out as one song a few years ago and ended up an entirely different song a few months ago
3. It prominently features the words "prostitute", "children", "hung", "bridegroom", "suburban" and "mcdonalds" (we're edgy now, haven't you heard?)
4. It was the last song to be chosen for the new record, which, in our perverted world, somehow makes it the most appropriate choice for the first single
5. It's either the best or the worst song we've ever written; you decide!
Our friendly label folks wanted me to rewrite the following info in a more personal way, but I'm having a hard time outdoing their informative enthusiasm. I'll just cut and paste instead:
"Get a download of "Five Little Rooms" now! In a few weeks, you'll get exclusive information on the upcoming Mines pre-order including a limited-edition double 7-inch with non-album tracks, exclusive t-shirts, screen-printed posters and more!"
Thank you for caring.
Danny / Menomena