LA’s underground electronic scene has been getting a lot of attention recently with some newsworthy surprise appearances by the likes of Odd Future and Thom Yorke at venues like Low End Theory. It is with few exceptions (like Toro y Moi), however, that you hear much about is what’s developing within the East Coast’s underground electronic scene. Body Language represents one such development that you should be aware of. A frequent guest at NY clubs CassetteNYC and Percussionlab, Body Language is beginning to generate some serious buzz – and not just within the Big Apple, but upon the airwaves of college radio and your KCRW-esque local indie stations.
Body Language have actually been around since 2009, when they released their first EP, “speaks,” an intermittently funky and downtempo experience that ebbs along smoothly thanks to the excellent integration of its flowing synths and vocal harmonizing. I was first drawn to the group having heard the track “Sandwiches,” which is so chock full of sandwich-related sexual innuendos that you can’t help but divert your attention to its playful and infectious progression. Other standout tracks include “New Day” and “Work this City,” which clearly draw from existing indie-electro crossover artists but take on a decidedly original feel by capturing the late-night, seedy atmosphere of the modern metropolis. Be on the lookout for lots more material from this talented group (comprised of Grant Wheeler and Matt Young on synths and Angelica Bess on vocals), especially considering that they’ve been landing supporting gigs for Zero 7 and School of Seven Bells. You can actually download their second EP “Social Studies” (released in January) for free off their bandcamp site. But don’t expect free downloads from these guys much longer!