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Ears Wide Open: Detective

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on April 6, 2012

The music of the L.A. trio Detective sounds as if it could have come from dusty tapes found in the 4AD archive. Named in honor of the Jean-Luc Godard film, Detective is the collaboration between bassist Guylaine Vivarat (Useless Keys and ex-Tennis System), James Greer (the author, screenwriter and ex-Guided By Voices bassist and biographer) and drummer Rory Modica (Useless Keys). Their second EP in as many months, “Basket of Masks,” trades in coy pop melodies, gritty post-punk guitar riffs and proggy krautrock instrumentals. Their sparse, lo-fi structures don’t sacrifice texture, though; Vivarat and Greer have found the delicate balance between sweet and off-kilter that recall Stereolab and some Morr Music luminaries. “Baskets of Masks,” the follow-up to February’s “Very Fallen World,” is slated for a April 17 digital release and for a May 22 limited 12-inch vinyl release.

||| Download: “Rhodesian Man”

||| Also: Download “Monochrome Girl”

||| Live: Detective plays Saturday at the Echo Park Country Outpost and June 2 at HM 157.

Photo by Laurie Scavo


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Thomas Early April 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Great band!

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