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Tuesday, Apr 06 2010 | 10:14 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

Although Planet Mu is primarily known for cutting-edge material on the fringes of dance music, it’s also had a side that’s consistently released interesting electronic pop from the likes of Capitol K, back in the late 90s to Julian Fane, Leafcutter John, Sunken Foal and even Patrick Wolf.

The Internal Tulips is a new project from two guys who have a history in American bands such as Medicine and Savage Republic and who have separately released more abstract electronic music on Planet Mu in the past; they are Brad Laner who was Electric Company and Personal Electronics and Alex Graham who is Lexaunculpt, and they continue these experiments in pop.

Their upcoming new album “Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer” is very special indeed. The project has a Beach Boys/Brian Wilson/Beatles influenced sound, but it manages to avoid being another exercise in retro comfort music because Brad and Alex use laptop trickery learnt form their more experimental pasts to bring their sound firmly into the present.

Aside from making beautiful songs, sung in Brad’s delicate multi-tracked falsetto, The Internal Tulips give their whole project a very modern, psychedelic production, treating their slow burning but gently arranged Americana to unusual treatments that blur the layers between acoustic and electronic sounds, cutting and editing vocals and instruments and adding depth and clarity to the arrangements, giving them an extra sense of the dreamlike.

It’s an album that feels immediately familiar; we’re used to Grizzly Bear and the Fleet Foxes, bands you could superficially compare to Internal Tulips, but after a few listens the modern abstraction and production at the heart of the album will pull you in and take you somewhere else.


01. 1/2 Retarded Tuner Of Hurricanes
02. Bee Calmed
03. 9 Tomorrows
04. Arlie
05. Dead Arm Blues
06. Hoshizaki Blues
07. Mr. Baby
08. Songbird
09. Parasol
10. Fixed Confidence
11. Long Thin Heart
12. Invalid Terrace
13. We Breathe

The album The Internal TulipsMislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer” (Planet Mu) has been released April 2, 2010.

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