It seems like the thing to do these days is to take a break from your rock band to work on an electronica-tinged side project. Everyone has done it from Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Glassjaw’s Daryl Palumbo to heavyweights like Julian Casablancas and Thom Yorke. This year, reports Spinner, the trend continues with the debut album of Pin Me Down, the project of Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack and Brooklyn singer/songwriter Milena Meprin, formerly of Black Moustache.
The project came about by Meprin and Lissack emailing and phoning ideas back and forth during Bloc Party’s year-long tour. The dance-pop duo released a vinyl-only single in 2008 called “Cryptic” and now has made available an enchanting new single, “Time Crisis”, which will appear on its upcoming unnamed album.
Bloc Party is currently on hiatus, with frontman Kele Okereke working on a solo album with Spank Rock and producer Hudson Mohawke. With both Okereke and Lissack busy, it’s reasonable to assume neither will be getting back to his day job any time soon.