12 O'Clock Track: Times New Viking's new "Sleep-In" is a noisy-but-catchy return to form

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Columbus, Ohio, noise-pop band Times New Viking came full circle in October. Their first two records were released in 2005 and 2007 on Philadelphia-based weirdo label Siltbreeze. The band's catchy pop leanings led to a deal with Matador in 2008, and three years later the band was on Merge for their Dancer Equired! LP. And here we are, in 2012, and Times New Viking's latest effort, the 12-inch EP Over & Over, is out on Siltbreeze. With a return to their former label comes a return to form of sorts, and today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Sleep-In" demonstrates that perfectly.

The new EP, recorded by Cave's Cooper Crain, blends the blown-out bizarro-pop of the band's first couple of records with the undeniably catchy indie-rock of their more recent works. "Sleep-In" is a jumpy and jangly jam anchored with an odd-but-catchy chord progression and the far-from-perfect vocal harmonies of keyboardist Beth Murphy and drummer Adam Elliott. It's what makes Times New Viking so great; it's upbeat and sweet and catchy, but at the same time it's noisy and abrasive, thanks to the atonal organ bridge and haphazard guitar work.

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