You'll recognize his haunting voice from his acclaimed project as one-half of The Postal Service and hear traces of those melancholy beats he mastered as James Figurine. But all that started out 13 years ago when Jimmy Tamborello was Dntel. The last studio album under that moniker came out on Plug Research more than six years ago, but Tamborello's back with those calculated minimal beats, still waltzing drunkenly behind lethargic, unstrained vocals.
With enough influences to drive a music critic insane, Honey Claws have similar creative range as Danger Mouse and the Beastie Boys. With help from their self-made DJ machine (called the "Junkbox"), they're skilled at mashing up songs, as well as introducing a new sound with their original party cuts.
Sometimes strange, sometimes otherworldly--but always incredible--marks the striking sound of Detroit-based band The Bodies Obtained. Reminiscent of the gloom and doom of Joy Division (their name is taken from a "Day of the Lords" lyric), The Bodies Obtained resurrect postpunk founding fathers from the grave on their debut album, From the Top of My Tree. With a solid collection of strongly written, synth-heavy songs, the sonic textures from The Bodies Obtained find cathartic joy in an unbridled exploration of postindustrial musical pain.