Sleigh Bells

Contrary to what you might believe my their name, Sleigh Bells have nothing to do with Christmas.  They aren’t jolly and don’t offer up the type of stuff your grandma would listen to.  Unless your grandma is super awesome.  Then maybe they do.  Classified as experimental pop, this duo from Brooklyn has the ability to rock your socks off.  Trust me.  I seriously can’t even keep socks in my apartment anymore because they keep knocking them off.  It’s crazy.

The first song I ever heard from them was “Tell ‘Em” on their debut album Treats.  The strange beat started toying with my emotions right from the beginning.  I said to myself, “Self, do I like this song or is it too ‘experimental’ for me to enjoy?”  The answer was, of course, that I loved it and it didn’t take long for others to start loving it too.  I began to play “Tell ‘Em” and “Riot Rhythm” often, and often people would ask about the artist.  People with all sorts of musical tastes.  I was honestly surprised.  It’s just that catchy.

It’s not hard to recognize the similarities in voice quality between lead singer Alexis Krauss and controversial rapper M.I.A.  Coincidentally, Sleigh Bells is signed to M.I.A.’s N.E.E.T. Recordings (that’s a lot of acronyms I know) so it makes total sense that they would share some similar qualities.

If you’re looking for something that is super catchy, completely different and sounds like (but isn’t) a Christmas decoration, you have to check out Sleigh Bells.

Take a look at this feature from The New York Times.  Do it.

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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