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Diamonds And Death

They say location is everything, so it should come as no surprise to learn that the aesthetic shift audible on Diamonds & Death, the fourth album by VHS or Beta, was accompanied by a change of zip code. Two years ago, founding band member Mark Palgy relocated from Louisville, KY to Brooklyn, NY. Six months later, his creative foil, Craig Pfunder, followed. From the backroom disco of their favorite Bushwick watering hole, to DFA Records' Plantain Studio in the West Village, new surroundings exerted a powerful influence on the predominantly electronic grooves of their first full-length since 2007's ’Bring on the Comets’ that featured the much-played single ’Can’t Believe A Single Word’. The other key influence on VHS or Beta's revitalized sound is their work as DJs and remix producers. Since 2008, the duo has put its distinctive stamp on cuts for artists like My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara and Hussle Club, garnering significant attention for their remix of The Juan MacLean's 2008 barnstormer Happy House. In particular, Mark discovered a natural talent for arranging and drum programming. 'We started really enjoying those jobs, so it felt like a natural step that we would begin writing in that vein, too, says Craig. There wasn't a conscious decision to depart from guitar for this record, but sonically, the sounds that were really exciting us were a lot of synthesizers.' A few songs began life in Louisville - most notably ’I Found A Reason’, an uplifting, piano-driven number with echoes of Inner City's 1988 classic ’Good Life’ and big group vocals a la Chic - but the majority of the album was written and recorded after Craig and Mark had settled into Brooklyn.

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Additional Product Details

  • ArtistVHS OR BETA
  • Record LabelShock Records
  • BrandINTER
  • Number of Discs 1
  • ClassificationE
  • Audio Type 1.0
  • Release Date Oct 21, 2011

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