The New York Report: Keepaway & Miracles of Modern Science

The New York Report is a weekly look into up and coming NYC based bands. We’ll keep you updated on which bands to look out for and where to check them out if you’re 5-borough-based.


Keepaway – Baby Style EP

As easy as it may be to overlook another “psych/experimental” band in the vein of Animal Collective, there’s something about Brooklyn trio Keepaway that’s not to be missed. The group has been garnering positive attention for their single “Yellow Wings” from the likes of Pitchfork and The Fader, and with good reason. The song grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go. It’s instantly addictive danceability combined with lyrics (while not entirely comprehensible) that anyone can relate to. “I think I finally know what I want / I want to be two places at once” Well, who doesn’t, right?

The rest of the Baby Style EP follows in the footsteps of “Yellow Wings.” And while the Panda Bear-esque vocal comparison can be heard throughout, tracks such as “I Think About You All the Time” possess handclaps and synth hooks that are more similar to something off Passion Pit’s Manners than Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If you’re in the New York area, check out Keepaway this Sunday 2/21 playing at Coco 66 in Greenpoint. Then they’ll be at SXSW. Check their MySpace page for future dates.

Keepaway – Yellow Wings (MP3) (courtesy of Pitchfork)

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Miracles of Modern Science – Self Titled EP

Surprise is a seemingly dead emotion in New York City, but to see a miniature orchestra rocking out in a Ludlow Street basement can still conjure a twinge of bewilderment. Miracles of Modern Science is a five piece Brooklyn rock outfit that formed in 2004 in the dormitory halls of Princeton University. Self described as “a Civil War string band shot into outer space on a giant disco ball spaceship,” the group combines modern melodies with themes of ancient times. Whether you’re a history buff or not, there is something infectiously awesome about MOMS. The deeply moving violin riffs and the beautiful layers of cello and mandolin are enough to get even the hardest of indie rock cynics nodding along.

Miracles of Modern Science’s self-titled EP is available for free download here or at the group’s MySpace page. MOMS are playing tomorrow night (2/19) at the Newsonic Loft in Brooklyn: 9pm doors/12pm set time.

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