Mahjongg - “Whoop” MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

[20 July 2010]

By PopMatters Staff

In an upcoming review of Mahjongg’s The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger later this week, PopMatters’ Scott Branson says the record is “noisy and repetitive, without neglecting pop hooks. Mahjongg incorporates interesting elements of pop music without confining the songs to a typical structure. The result is an uncompromising sound in which harsh verges on sweet.” That intriguing mixture is on full display in their new single “Whoop”, which we have the pleasure of premiering today. The Chicago band is clearly indebted to ‘80s new wave with their pop friendly electronic beats, but the sound is also more spare and the songs less traditionally structured than that earlier musical form and is completely contemporary as a result. The group coined a term for their artistic approach, “Chicagotronics”, which they describe as “a wall of sound command center with drums and humans”. Dig into the fractured beats and rather discoey vocals of “Whoop” and check them out at an upcoming show (dates after the jump).

7/21 - Backspace - Portland, OR
7/22 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC
7/24 - Northern - Olympia, WA
7/27 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
7/28 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minn, MI
7/29 - University of Wisconsin (Memorial Union) - Madison, WI

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