Allston's Alexander Chen, a/k/a BOY IN STATIC, put out his debut album Newborn on the label run by the Notwist dudes, and spent a chunk of last year touring as the opening act for 13&God. He's finally set a May 29 release date for the follow-up, Violet, on Mush Records, and the first single, "Where It Ends," is now available for your downloading, with an accompanying video making the rounds at YouTube. "Newborn was a night of half-awake dreams: Violet is the morning after," Chen told thephoenix.com's David Day last fall. "So in some ways it is as different as night and day, but it's also the second act in the same play. It's full of extremes, from quiet wine-glass-and-piano duets to songs with guitar solos over 30 layers of handclaps."
All our Mobius Band fans should have already checked BIS out, but if not, we double our recommendation. There's still hints of Newborn's glitch-whisperer atmosphere, but "Where It Ends" leaves the guitars up front and floats more winterish melancholy than anything we've posted since that moon song by the Channels. Breakup soundtrack of 2007 right here.
Links below to the mp3 and also to the video-iPod-friendly .m4v file for the video. But we strongly encourage you to go watch the video over at BIS's gorgeously-designed flash page. Web design nerds take note. Added bonus: he's slotted in hidden-track remixes after the video plays, which rotate depending on what time of day you're visiting. The Her Space Holiday re-work is pretty rad, and there's supposedly a Helios version floating around as well.
DOWNLOAD: Boy in Static, "Where It Ends" (mp3)DOWNLOAD: Boy in Static, "Where it Ends" (m4v)