John Congleton And The Nighty Nite – “Your Temporary Custodian” (Stereogum Premiere)

Seminal producer John Congleton is heading his own project after producing for many of indie rock’s best and brightest. He also headed Paper Chase, but that band sounds nothing like what Congleton has been pumping through speakers lately. Along with his band the Nighty Nite, he’s ready to drop his album Until The Horror Goes later this spring. He’s already shared the catchy, skittering lead single “Until It Goes,” and today he offers the followup “Your Temporary Custodian.”

The song opens with vicious, winding siren synths and rumbling bass that hits like a smack in the mouth before easing into a more melodic, but still dark jaunt. The sirens quiet some, joined by big drums, and Congleton’s vocals clear a path through the infectious beat. The urgency of the intro comes careening back in just before for the hook arrives, and that energy level is maintained with varying drum and synth patterns before a shimmering cool down and fadeout. Your eardrums will both mourn and celebrate after that crazy intro. Listen.

Until The Horror Goes is out 4/1 via Fat Possum.