The past few years have seen plenty of new bands spring from the fertile mutant-disco grounds, and lots of waggling jams have been jammed, for sure, but if there's one thing the new crop doesn't always bring it's the weirdness (a nation turns its lonely eyes to you, fulfilling but safe DFA 12"'s). Compare your average Hercules & Love Affair track to, say, Kid Creole or Dinosaur L to remind yourself of the bold, bizarre axis those songs traveled along. Scandinavian duo Mungolian Jet Set seem to be trying to remedy this, turning in miles of left turns and brash outness.
Technically credited to Mungolian Jet Set's 16th Rebels of Mung, "Clairevoyage" isn't the strangest track from Mungolian's forthcoming We Gave It All Away, Now We're Taking It Back, but it is the one that most sturdily combines the band's thwamp-click grooves with their testy and trying vocals. A collaboration with Lindstrøm and (Pitchfork contributor) Dominique Leone, "Clairevoyage" features a simple beat with cascading bass kicks and quiet, staccato keyboard bounce. For more than 10 minutes, Mungolian spread all manner of vocal oddity: rhythmic murmur, semi-melodic urchin wails, and, finally, an amped-up, silly-but-not set of verses that sound not unlike Hall & Oates' "Kiss on My List", pitch-shifted north. Dance fiercely to its oddity, try to convince yourself it's a "real" song, just chill there in your urban outfit: "Clairevoyage" takes all comers.