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Song of the Day: 'Rill Rill' by Sleigh Bells

August 30, 2010
Justin McIntosh

Few bands are more buzzed about right now than Sleigh Bells, the Brooklyn band that's part noise, pop, metal, hardcore and dance.

Describing the band's sound looks kind of ridiculous when typed out, but it's true. There's equal parts M.I.A. — Sleigh Bells is signed to M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. record label, by the way — and post-hardcore industrial, all with a genteel, softly sweet voice flittering above the crunk banger beats. 

And yet, less than a year ago, hardly anyone had ever heard about Sleigh Bells. The band broke after Spike Jonze discovered them and then blogged about about them on his "Where the Wild Things Are" website. That eventually led to M.I.A. contacting the group — long before they even had a Myspace — and the rest, as they say is history.

Pitchfork named their single "Crown on the Ground" one of the best songs of 2009 — well before their debut album came out in May this year. NPR recently named "Treats," the band's debut LP, one of the top five best albums of the year so far, as voted on by listeners. 

And yet instead of posting the lead single, "Tell 'Em," which perfectly encapsulates the sound that's garnering Sleigh Bells all this attention, I've selected the more accessible cut from "Treats."

"Rill Rill" is overflowing with nostalgia for high school and its melody, floated above head-bobbing beats and strummed acoustic guitars, is easily the catchiest on the album. It instantly opens the creative doors for the group for anything else it releases. The sky's the limit, as they say.  

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Or as Alexis Krauss sings in the song, "Click, click saddle up we'll see you on the moon, then."

 

 

 
 

 

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