Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.


Composer: Discovery
Conductor: Discovery
Label: Beggars/XL
Release Date: 2009-07-01
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

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.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation