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“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” sings Eric Emm over an industrial beat fit for a Kanye West freestyle. It’s a muscular statement from electronic band Tanlines, who made a name for themselves three years ago with an album called Mixed Emotions. Now comes Highlights (May 19 on True Panther), a release that builds upon Emm’s dark, surrealistic yin and Jesse Cohen’s fun-loving yang.
The twosome concocted the record between the basement of Emm’s childhood home in Pittsburgh and a church in Brooklyn, where producer Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) captured the vocals on a balcony. (Emm recalls via email: “There were definitely times when it was a challenge. I had to keep very still to prevent the old wood floor from creaking, which when it did would echo through the church and bleed on to the tracks. But Chris did a wonderful job. Not just at getting the best out of me, but sonically as well.”