M.I.A.’s name was in the news for other reasons this week, in one more positive, not-head-shooty way.
Her N.E.E.T. imprint, in conjunction with Mom + Pop, is releasing Sleigh Bells’ crazy, ravey effort “Treats” on May 11.. For a taste, we have “Tell ‘Em.”
I’d venture a guess and say I’ve listened to this track 40 times in the last 48 hours. It’s a prepare-for-battle track without the moodiness of a single minor melody. It starts up here (put your hand flat to your nose) and goes and stays there (extend your hand away from your face in a straight line). Alexis Krauss’ siren voice bleats over a machine gun — sorry, I had to say it — of drum beats and laser sounds with the chanting of a cheerleader, encouraging us to do “our best today.”
The band is touring with Yeasayer — a killer double-bill — for a few more days, and are playing some hilariously small shows in their home base Brooklyn for the album release. Then they’re out all summer. You will hear Sleigh Bells coming.
[Stream the track after the jump…]