Ears Wide Open: Electric Guest

by Kevin Bronson on January 23, 2012

Perhaps the biggest problem with electro- and indie-soul these days is that so many other young artists are doing real soul so well. So forgive me if the test-tube R&B of Electric Guest — the collaboration of songwriters Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton — comes off as overly sanitized. Electric Guest has no shortage of buzz — their debut album “Mondo,” produced by Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), will come out April 24 on Downtown Records, and their Jorma Taccone-directed video hit today, a day ahead of the release of the first single, “This Head I Hold.” The catchy-enough single glides on Asa Taccone’s squeaky-clean falsetto, which only encounters turbulence at about 30,000 feet when its encounters some seemingly obligatory tweaks. Because that’s cool.

||| Stream: “This Head I Hold”

||| Live: Electric Guest does the Monday residency at the Echo in Feburary.

||| Watch: After the jump, check out Electric Guest’s video for “American Daydream,” which premiered today on


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