Nearly four years ago Dan Friel of Parts & Labor recommended I check out Brooklyn art-rock act Extra Life at the now-defunct After the Jump Festival, and I’m glad I took his advice. The group played an acoustic set as a two-piece, and that unusually sparse setup highlighted the hypnotic somersaulting vocals of front man Charlie Looker and the lighter tones of his complex and beautiful arrangements, which on Extra Life’s visceral, caterwauling full-band recordings sometimes get buried. I was instantly hooked.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Righteous Seed,” a thundering, boisterous, and slightly creepy cut from Extra Life’s forthcoming third full-length, Dream Seeds. I’ll have this song on repeat till the day Northern Spy releases the album.