MSTRKRFT – “Party Line”

Toronto electronic duo MSTRKRFT returned earlier this year with “Little Red Hen,” their first new song in five years. Now, Death From Above 1979’s Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P have officially announced a full-length follow-up to 2009’s Fist Of God, entitled Operator and inspired by military jargon they encountered online. “The ‘operator’ concept for us was essential in the creation of the music on this album, but I’m not sure what came first, the title or the idea,” Keeler explains to Billboard. “While browsing military related websites and blogs, mostly consisting of vets talking to each other like any civilian I suppose, I noticed repeated reference to something they called ‘operator culture.’ It seemed to be something that was sometimes laughed at, sometimes caused disdain, but was referenced constantly and seemed to be understood by everyone. I came to believe the operator concept is one of detachment.” New single “Party Line” is a blaring synth bug-out that features vocals from Chain And The Gang’s Ian Svenonius. “We had a really strong instrumental piece with the working title ‘Party Line’ that demanded a vocal with a certain swagger,” says Al-P. “Ian was able re-contextualize the title and make it work with the lyrics he wrote, which became something we connected with personally, and fit perfectly with the entire album as a body of work.” Listen below.

Tour dates:

06/01 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
06/02 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
06/04 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
06/08 Denver, CO @ Club Vinyl
06/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Exchange
06/13 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nightclub
06/14 Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern

Operator is out 7/22 on Last Gang Records.