Quick, everybody! Who’s your favorite blues musician? Mine’s Dan Friel, the keyboard player of Brooklyn noise-rock band Parts & Labor. Perhaps you don’t define blues as pulverizing-but-melodic noise music, but, buddy, I do. Back in 2008, Friel put out a solo EP called Ghost Town (TMT Review), but remained fairly silent on the solo front since then. However, with Parts & Labor on break following last year’s Constant Future, Friel has returned to the world of solo material. Earlier this year, he put out the Valedictorian/Exoskeleton EP (TMT Review). On February 19, Thrill Jockey will put out his new full-length, Total Folklore. Prepare your blues face.
Listeners to Valedictorian/Exoskeleton have heard the Peaking Lights remix of Total Folklore’s opener “Ulysses.” Well, now hear it without those gross Peaking Lights folks all over it! (J/K LUV U PEAKING LIGHTS!) Listen to an edit of “Ulysses” at Thrill Jockey’s Soundcloud, then dream about the full version for the next two months. By the way, you’ll be surprised to hear it’s not a cover of the Franz Ferdinand single “Ulysses”? Remember that song? No? Really, no? Okay.
Total Folklore tracklist:
04. Intermission #1
07. Intermission #2
10. Intermission #3