Body Language hails from Brooklyn and their music is a combo of nu-disco, soul and funk, and indie downbeat grit.Â Some have said they are an electropop sound but what is great about this band is they can't be contained, they cannot be contained. Â
Body Languageâ€™s Social Studies EP feels a little dub-step minded with thick, top-heavy baselines absolutely hammering your speakers. Ah, but then the synths kick in like laser canons, leading us all down a neon-lit wind tunnel thatâ€™s lined with lean loops, galloping grooves, and head-circling hooks.
â€œThe title sums it up perfectly,â€ explains Grant Wheeler, who sings and swaps instruments alongside his longtime production partner/lead vocalist Matt Young, glockenspiel guru Angelica Bess, and drummer Ian Young. â€œDepending on the day, weâ€™re producing indie music, DJing house, disco and Detroit techno, or writing pop songs on the piano. So we wrapped our record up like a tidy textbook of genres, or differentÂ cultures in a social studies class.â€
And like any decent textbook, Body Language have a lot of history behind them, starting with the weekly parties Matt and Grant used to throw at a dive bar in Connecticut. The residency led to their love of dance music and a need for homemade club edits of everything from Billy Ocean to Don Henley. Not only that; the pair also started to tackle their own tracks, with Angelica eventually rounding out their ever-evolving sound and Ian stepping into his rhythm section role on the eve of a Bowery Ballroom show with Passion Pit. That billing wasnâ€™t an isolated incident, either. As it turns out, Body Language lent their programming skills to several tracks on Passion Pitâ€™s breakthrough album. Theyâ€™ve also worked with such wildly different artists as Theophilus London, Machinedrum, and Fur.
But enough about the magic Body Language have brought to other records. This fallâ€™s Social Studies EPâ€”a tidy collection of four limited 10â€™â€™ singlesâ€”is a fitting followup to their 2009 debut Speaks, applying a refined pop palette to sample-splitting melodies (the title track), dollops of disco (â€œFalling Outâ€), and what can only be described as pure analog bliss (â€œYou Canâ€).
â€œI suppose it sounds selfish,â€ says Grant, â€œbut we wrote what we wanted to write. We get the same joy and satisfaction out of losing our shitÂ behind a pair of turntables as we do singing four-part harmonies.â€
Which explains why Green Velvet and Grizzly Bear get equal time on the groupâ€™s hi-fi, and with a proper LP already in its planning stages, letâ€™s just say they might actually sound exactly like Billy Ocean by the time itâ€™s done. Who knows. We can only hope, right?