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bark119: Mates of State / Mountaintops

Mountaintops

“Maracas”


VIDEOS:Palomino”   “Maracas”   “Sway”   “Unless I'm Led

bark74: Mates of State / Re-Arrange Us bark50: Mates of State / Bring It Back

Re-Arrange Us

“My Only Offer”


Bring It Back

Some words from AC Newman on the new album from Mates of State:

Mates of State have made a new album called Mountaintops. You already love Jason and Kori's unmistakable music, or perhaps you've managed to miss out or have simply misunderstood just how great — and yes, influential — they and their sound and their songs are. You throw the record on the stereo and the first thing you notice is the energy and force of it: You could use the girl-group bounce of total serendipity to help you do some sort of running-and-jumping-up-anddown exercise (that song even comes complete with a couple of cool-down sections). The first response you might have to maracas is to do the robot dance as the portamento Laser Cats intro kicks in, and that might be the correct response.

Go slightly deeper and you find the song-craft. You find that Kori is one of the best female singers in modern music (and Jason is also no slouch). You notice the effortless way their voices harmonize and volley back and forth, the movements within the song, the way they move from upbeat to pastoral so fluidly that you don't perceive it happening. Their instruments and voices all move as one piece, inseparable. Through the years, the textures have become more intricate, deeper. They've begun throwing in the occasional trumpet or guitar, but it is still stunning how much they can do with just keyboards and drums. They move so far within the limitations of the two-piece format that you can't even call it a limitation. It feels as natural as the standard rock-androll four-piece....

For more, read the full bio here.

Mates of State debuts "Beautiful Kids" on Stereogum 20 May 2015

Mates of State has debuted "Beautiful Kids", the second song off the upcoming release You're Going To Make It, at Stereogum. Pitchfork announced earlier this spring that You're Going To Make It will be available in North America on Barsuk Records June 16th and in Europe on Fierce Panda June 15th. The duo unveiled "Staring Contest", the first single off of You're Going To Make It, at a few weeks ago at NPR.

"'Staring Contest' practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love." - NPR

"'Staring Contest' is about young love, the kind that surfaces in an instant and is probably extinguished three weeks later once it’s no longer worthy gossip material and everyone involved is over it." - Stereogum

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