Living in the dark, atmostpheric grotto midway between the dance floor and the mopey teenage bedroom of the mind, PYYRAMIDS’ six-song debut, Human Beings, will be available on October 31st from Paracadute, the full-service 21st century record label OK Go founded on their 2010 parting from Capitol.
Befitting the band’s cross of banging beats with underground pop, PYYRAMIDS arrives on that most idiosyncratic of formats, 10-inch vinyl.
PYYRAMIDS comes as a reinvention for both players and steps into new, wild territory. For Nordwind, the guy with the bass, beard, and glasses in OK Go, PYYRAMIDS’ expansive textures find him far from the bright indie pop and all-inclusive videos that have made OK Go one of the more recognizable – not to mention most-watched – acts of the digital age. For Smith, formerly the saucy half of the electro-pop duo He Say She Say – and a stint with Lupe Fiasco – it brings her songwriting into a place of bold new maturity without sacrificing the force of her singular presence. For both, it is an unlikely partnership entirely befitting the new age. Bonding first over dark British pop from the early ’80s like The Smiths and Joy Division, and stranger more modern fare like Micachu and The Shapes, Nordwind and Smith are natural collaborators.
In addition to the four-song vinyl, Human Beings comes in digital form too, featuring a remix of “Human Beings” by Nordwind’s OK Go bandmate, Dan Konopka (as DMK) as well as the addition of “Animal.” Between the alt-rock tensions of “That Ain’t Right” and heavy riffage and cooing chorus of “Animal,” PYYRAMIDS’ beyond is an inviting one indeed.