Here’s a couple of tracks off a five-track EP called Baby Style brought to you by Lefse, the imprint that’s put out ’80s-baiting Mountain Dew-approved synth-man Neon Indian and downcast glitch-gaze L.A. BTW the Delta Mirror. Keepaway hit somewhere in between those two, comprise three guys calling Brooklyn home and certainly having heard of Animal Collective (which is to say, they are young and live in Brooklyn and have heard of music). There’s the propulsive “5 Rings,” a synth/tom drum/guitar trip that doubles as an homage to the advent of vocals by Avey: wordless whoops and countermelodies, plus a b-section break at 2:20 that Tares a page from Portner’s playbook. Stacked with the excellent “Yellow Wings,” though, it’s clear Keepaway are comfortable bandying about those influences but equally at ease with infusing the sample-stitched Feels-ings with straight up indie rock guitars and instant hooks. This is one inevitable avenue for post-Pavilion blog-pop; Keepaway are already mapping its course.
The video for “Yellow Wings”: