ARMS keyboard wiz Dave also plays bass in a pretty fucking fantastic band called Translations (among like 7 other bands, but that’s for a different post). Translations is fronted/half-masterminded by a cool-looking guy named Andrew Fox who I’ve known as a talented guy since college. I’ve been happy to see Translations making the internet-rounds recently on the back of a few killer singles, my favorites of which I’ve posted above. Translations are satisfyingly hard to pin down… it’s a sort of murky, classic-rock / Flying Nun / GBV hybrid centering on Fox’s gem of a voice. Apart from the lo-fi thing, Translations remind of Guided by Voices in Fox’s voice, which has that timeless, heard-it-somewhere-before quality that i associate with Pollard’s pipes.
Anyway, in addition to being a fantastic word, “Tarantella” is a stupidly good single: droney samples, a funky ’90s-ish bounce, a killer series of hooks, and ugly/beautiful atmosphere for days. So damn good, way to go guys.