Release Date: 2009-07-01
Discovery — an electronic R&B side project consisting of Vampire Weekend keyboardist (and spell-check nightmare) Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles — has a few strikes against its imaginatively titled, Auto-Tune-heavy debut right off the bat: 1. Most side projects tend to suck; 2. They don’t do themselves any favors by taking their name from a Daft Punk record; 3. Jay-Z has recently declared Auto-Tune dead, and you don’t argue with Jay-Z; and 4. Discovery poorly covers the Jackson 5’s best-ever song, “I Want You Back” (too soon, guys). To be fair, the duo began working on LP four years ago, back when the King of Pop was still (sort of) alive and T-Pain didn’t even own a top hat. Intended as a summer soundtrack, LP barely works on that level — no amount of chopping, screwing, or cameos by über-talented Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors fame) can salvage the record’s slight songwriting or influence-groping (“Swing Tree” is essentially a rip-off of Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love”). LP is worth trotting out at your next hipster barbecue, but play it early — and save the Daft Punk, Jay-Z, and J5 for when you really want to start the party.