See Merchandise Rock a Roof in ‘Become What You Are’ Video
From the Breaking Out band's 'Children of Desire' LP
Floridian post-punk revisionists Merchandise like to go long and we don’t mind one bit. In August, SPIN shared the grainy seven-minute visual accompaniment to their gothy, pop-damaged delight, “In Nightmare Room,” which hails from the group’s low-flying but very worthy April LP, Children of Desire. While the A.V. Club reports that the album has just received a wide release, you can still download it for free via Katorga Works. Before you do, however, watch the above stripped-bare rooftop performance of “Become What You Are,” which finds the 11-minute original reimagined more or less acoustically. Singer Carson Cox is equal parts Morrissey and James Blake as he coos out his lines and loops beat-boxed bits. Meanwhile, Dave Vassalotti and Patrick Brady jangle onward until their pluck-and-strum takes on a droning vibe. Coupled with the colorful scenery and on-lens sunbursts, not too mention Cox’s Tibetan bell solo, the song offers a pretty transcendent experience — no wonder Merchandise were one of our 5 Best New Artists for June and a shoo-in for Breaking Out.