Sure, 2012 is the year of Death Grips, a rap crew powered by the caffeinated octopus drumming of Hella sticksman Zach Hill. But Spencer Seim, the wheedlier half of that iconic '00s noise-punk duo has been staying busy too!
Witness the birth of Solos, his project with folkster Aaron Ross (who played guitar on Hella's 2007 album for Ipecac). Like in his Nintendocore band the Advantage, Spencer is behind the drum kit adding fleet-footed bass drum bounces. First track "Carpe Diem" is like the folk-metal-gone-Stravinsky twurk of the new Dirty Projectors combined with the laser-fueled tech-pop of post-Hella popsters like Yeasayer, Tame Impala or Mae Shi.
Their debut, Beast of Both Worlds is dude September 11 via Joyful Noise, but you can seize the day (right?!) and hear "Carpe Diem" now!