Most people, when they do a special pre-order, toss in a t-shirt, colored vinyl, and a couple stickers and call it a day. Not former Parts and Labor man, Dan Friel. Pre-order his new album, Total Folklore, from Thrill Jockey, and you can win a music box of the track, “Thumper.” That’s a prototype of the music box version, embedded above. And that’s his cat in the video, too. Below, you can stream “Thumper,” in the more traditional manner, complete with the type of electronic squeaks and tweaks Friel once crafted for his noise-punk band. Instead, here, instead of a rousing anthem, there’s a pop song with a relatively clean keyboard lead.
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