Formed in 2008, the Chicago-based trio of Moritat released their debut effort, Clill Blanzin in 2012. And interestingly enough,Their forthcoming follow-up High Plus Tight EP slated for a January 20, 2015 release has one of the most unusual back stories I’ve heard of in some time.
Most of the material on High Plus Tight was written between 2008 and 2009. But as they were nearing completion of the album, the home the band shared was burglarized and all of their gear – laptops, instruments, demos, etc. – was stolen. Naturally, production was halted on the album, and the band focused on other things.
In 2013, the members of Moritat discovered a CD-R of demos under the carpet of their studio, marked in neon marker “HIGH PLUS TIGHT.” Incredibly, the band stumbled upon the demos that they thought they lost 4 years earlier. The band immediately went back to work to complete the material and the result, as you can hear from the EP’s first single “Visits” is a melodic yet angular, as it pairs plaintive falsetto vocals with gently buzzing synths in a way that reminds me quite a bit of the likes of Ellis Ashbrook and The Phenomenal Handclap Band in the sense that although their sound has an art rock sheen, it can be very danceable.