Mates Of State – “Maracas” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Connecticut-via-Kansas boy/girl duo Mates Of State return this fall with their seventh LP Mountaintops, the follow-up to 2008’s Re-Arrange Us. This time out they’ve enlisted the support of indie-oriented studio all-star Chris Coady (Gang Gang, Beach House, YYYs, TVOTR, etc.) who lent his ear to the mixing process. Otherwise it’s all Mates, and their apparent love for all of the VHS oriented imagery/’80s analog synth sounds that also attended some of last year’s bigger internet phenoms. To wit here is “Maracas” in song and video form, directed by Jimi Patterson and Emmy Pickett. The directorial duo say they captured MoS with band on “vintage 1982 VHS home camcorder in order to pay homage to the performance based rock television shows of the ’80s and late ’70s.”

Mates Of States’ seventh LP, Mountaintops, is out 9/13 via Barsuk.

01 Palomino
02 Maracas
03 Sway
04 Unless I’m Led
05 Total Serendipity
06 Basement Money
07 At Least I Have You
08 Desire
09 Change
10 Mistakes