New Voxtrot – “Trepanation Party”

By Amrit Singh / March 16, 2009 - 3:21 pm

Back in ’06 Voxtrot stormed out of Austin with two memorable EPs of concise, soft and warm indie pop. The next year they put out a less memorable full-length, and subsequently clammed up, seeming to be alright with being forgotten by the internet-music hype circus for these past two years. Until today. Because today is the Monday where the world’s attention is turning toward Voxtrot’s hometown, and they’ve cooked up something with another Austinite and are giving it away for free. Lead singer Ramesh Srivastava posted this note:

Dear World,

Things have been rather quiet round the Voxtrot camp these last two
years. Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be reentering the musical minds
of you and your loved ones. During the week of the South By Southwest
Music Festival, we will be performing two concerts. These will coincide
with the premier of a new song, which was recorded and mixed with Jim
Eno [Spoon] at his studio in Austin..

“Trepanation Party,” with its turn away from Belle & Sebastian’s hop and toward ’80s-redolent, icily glum synths that hit closer to the Cure, is this new song. Jim Eno’s producing, so the drums sound good (and get a few metaphorical references in the lyrics):

Voxtrot – “Trepanation Party” (MP3)

There’s more to Ramesh’s note, aimed at those wanting Voxtrot to account for their absence:

Regarding our absence, sometimes one needs to disappear in order to
regroup; situations change and human beings are swept here and there
by the marvelous ebb and flow of culture.

And so, there can be only this: a return to a love of music.

Love,
Ramesh

Someone’s feeling mushy. Sounds like there will be more soon.