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Lambchop share auto-tuned new song “NIV” — listen

on August 16, 2016, 4:00pm

Photo by Nina Corcoran

Lambchop may still be the mastermind of Kurt Wagner, but the master has dramatically changed his mind in terms of what sort of music the band’s producing. Their new album, FLOTUS, has been described as an “homage” to hip-hop music and the work of Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean. Lengthy lead single “The Hustle” showed how this drive has led to a far more electronic, processed sound for Lambchop, a sound carried on into new single “NIV”.

With a rhythm that sounds like someone playing with a metronome, “NIV” is based almost entirely in synthesizers. Wagner’s vocals are put through a series of auto-tuners and vocoders until they vaguely remind one of Bon Iver. In a way, that’s exactly what you might expect an alt-country artist paying tribute to hip-hop sounding like. Take a listen below.

FLOTUS is due out November 4th via Merge Records. Update — Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 a.m. CT: In support of the LP, Lambchop have lined up a lengthy European tour that stretches into the new year.

Lambchop 2016-2017 Tour Dates:
10/29 – Bilbao, ES @ Bizkaia International Music Experience
10/30 – Zaragoza, ES @ Bombo y Platillo
11/02 – Castellon, ES @ Teatro Principal
11/03 – Sevilla, ES @ Auditorio Box
11/04 – Cartagena, ES @ Cartagena Jazz Festival
01/25 – Reims, FR @ TBA
01/27 – Saint-Lo, FR @ TBA
01/30 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo
02/02 – Nimes, FR @ TBA
02/03 – St. Etienne, FR @ TBA
02/05 – Erlangen, DE @ Markgrafentheater
02/06 – Luzern, CH @ Sudpol
02/07 – Geneva, CH @ TBA
02/08 – Zurich, CH @ Schauspielhaus
02/09 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli/Vredenburg
02/10 – Groningen, NL @ Oosterpoort
02/11 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
02/12 – Mainz, DE @ Frankfurter Hof
02/14 – Vienna, AT @ WUK
02/15 – Munich, DE @ Kammerspiele
02/17 – Dortmund, DE @ Konzerthaus
02/18 – Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
02/20 – Hannover, DE @ Capitol
02/21 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria
02/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Elbphilharmonie
02/25 – Stockholm, SE @ Fasching
02/26 – Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret
02/27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
02/28 – Leipzig, DE @ Felsenkeller
03/01 – Mannheim, DE @ Capitol
03/02 – Linz, AT @ Posthof

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