The NYC discotronica duo finally releases their debut record; Pitchfork.com calls it "an infectious slice of shimmering disco beats, sparkling synth melodies and breathy disaffected vocals," although the site could only summon up enough favor to give it a rating of 5.8.
The Swedish pop singer-songwriter presents her fifth album, and the first of three "mini" albums due out in the next several months, before the end of 2010. Here's the video for her single, "Dancing on My Own."
Vega reinterprets the majority of her catalog in a series of four intimate, thematic albums released over the next two years. This first one features stripped-down versions of "Marlene On The Wall," the Bossa Nova favorite "Caramel," "Small Blue Thing," and others.
According to Cowboy Junkies singer-songwriter Michael Timmins, "In late 2008, my family and I were given an opportunity to spend three months in China. Renmin Park is a reflection of my family's adventure in China. It's a fictional love story about two people whose two worlds will forever keep them apart. It's a thank-you letter to an obscure city and the people who opened up their lives to five very strange strangers. It's a document about a bewilderingly complex culture that is, once again, experiencing a massive upheaval. It's another chapter in a band's ongoing twenty-five year journey."
Check it out the album in its entirety after the jump:
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