Miniature Tigers – “Gold Skull” (Stereogum Premiere)
Miniature Tigers haven’t been discussed around here much, but it seems inevitable that they would pop up: The Brooklyn-via-Phoenix band has been around since 2006, picking up spots on many festival to-watch lists along the way to recording their upcoming album Fortress. And morning bender Chris Chu produced Fortress, communing with the band for a three-week recording session at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY earlier this year. Miniature Tigers then spent the spring opening for the morning benders on tour.
Chu isn’t behind every track, though. First single “Gold Skull” was produced by Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo. Says lead singer Charlie Brand: “We reached out to Alan to produce that track and ended up recording that song with him in a crazy all-nighter session until the sun came up.” The result of that all night recording session is this dreamily layered track, where the band’s vocals fold over twinkling synths. It’s the kind of thing big warm track inspired by (or that inspires) summer day naps, though the edges of the verses get swallowed up by a blown out guitar in a way that snaps your attention back.
Miniature Tigers – “Gold Skull” (MP3)