Despite their rather awkward name, Black Light Dinner Party’s upcoming debut album, Sons and Lovers, is one of the most eagerly-awaited by an electronic act this year, largely thanks to the huge success of their first two singles on MP3 blog aggregator Hype Machine.
Hailing from New York and Boston, vocalist/guitarist Jack Cote, bassist Dan Stevens, keyboardist Joel Friedman and drummer Zach Lipkins first got together in 2011, having already made a name for themselves as musicians and producers in their own right.
Initially influenced by artists as eclectic as Debussy, Sly & The Family Stone and The Band, (and avant-garde experimentalist Flying Lotus in particular), the quartet began honing a similarly glitchy sound on the Brooklyn live circuit until a personal tragedy inspired a reinvention.
Indeed, after Cote’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, the group decided to pursue a more accessible musical direction that a much wider audience could enjoy. Sadly, Cote’s mother passed away shortly after, giving a bittersweet edge to the buzz Black Light Dinner Party started to build on the blogosphere.
Their mix of 80s-tinged synth-rock, funk and electro, self-described as ‘dance music for people who want to do more than dance,’ has continued to receive plaudits, both on their 2012 E.P., BLDP, and on their support slots with Willy Moon and Icona Pop.
But if there’s any justice, their first studio effort, scheduled for release next month, should see them jump from a small corner of the Internet to a much bigger platform. “We Are Golden,” thankfully not a cover of the dreadful Mika single, is the kind of euphoric falsetto-pop that will have Passion Pit looking nervously over their shoulders.
“Small Boxes” is a gorgeously melancholic chill-out affair which recalls Miike Snow, who of course joined forces in a similar way. Meanwhile, the neon-lit funk of “Gold Chain,” whose video stars none other than porn veteran Ron Jeremy, suggests fans waiting for Daft Punk’s new album could do a lot worse than check out Black Light Dinner Party in the meantime.