Before catching them multiple times this past CMJ, we last saw the cousinly Brooklyn-via-Providence duo of Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford aka Javelin giving the Very Best’s “Julia” a dope re-do. As mentioned then, Tom and George were set to follow-up their Jamz N Jemz LP with a five-song self-titled EP, both digitally and via a unique physical distribution plan: a limited-edition run of 500 12″s will be available, but rather than having uniform cover art, Javelin will be housed in the used-bin record sleeves of other artists — from recognizable acts like Simon & Garfunkel and the Temptations to more playfully obscure stuff. Each cover was handpicked by the band and silk-screened with the band’s stamp by Crosshair in Chicago. Javelin’s is an audiophilic-strain of dance music, a mutant stew that cuts across genres, generations, and genealogy, and the pair are often said to possess a crate-digger’s mentality — a descriptor they’re not diminishing with that release plan. Start with a listen of the EP’s “TWYCE” — a buoyant groove meditation that’s both electronic and hand-percussive before winding up at a late night cowbell dance party — hosted in a player that’s flashing a cross-section of the silk-screened Javelin album jackets you might get if you pony up the $$ for it.
Javelin is out 11/1 via Thrill Jockey. The guys have a full-length due on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label sometime thereafter.