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Ghostland Observatory, ‘Paparazzi Lightning’ (Trashy Moped)

picture-6734-1372868851Charles Aaron // January 18, 2008

When Daft Punk’s alien ghetto blast “Da Funk” touched down at a Texas rave in the late ’90s, there wasn’t an X Files-level conspiracy panic, but the ground was irreparably shaken for drummer/ keyboardist/producer Thomas Turner. Eventually, he and hard-rock singer Aaron Behrens got their own dance-punk spectacle up and running, and now, after years of outrageous live shows (one on a Lollapalooza main stage) and an Internet swell, the Austin duo are “officially” releasing two albums — both recorded in 2006, previously available only on tour or through their website. Delete is a quirky, electro-pop mishmash; but on Paparazzi Lightning tracks like “Piano Man” and “Sad Sad City,” the pair get their swagger jackin’. Behrens’ androgynous, baby-please! squawk yanks Turner’s electro squiggles and whapping drum programs into an absurd realm where robots grab their cyber-nuts and get daft.

Now Hear This: Ghostland Observatory – “Sad Sad City” DOWNLOAD MP3

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