1. Bedbedbedbedbed (album version)
2. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (Smiths Cover)
3. Challenge Club
4. Bedbedbedbedbed (acoustic version)
The first single from the forthcoming full-length Young People’s Church of the Air, comes out July 5 on Sockets Records in 12” format, along with three non-album tracks. “Bedbedbedbedbed” is an indie club ballad inspired equally by R. Kelly and Meshuggah. It begins with a half-time, double-kick drum groove and a lone plaintive vocal. But when the chorus hits and the beat drops out for a split second, the song’s infectious soul hook takes hold, elevated by a fuzz pedal squall and a space-echoed Wurlitzer.
“Bedbedbedbedbed” is the first single from Deleted Scenes forthcoming sophomore album, Young People’s Church of the Air. It is the first recorded taste of a sound the band has been developing on the road during the past two years, as they toured in support of their debut album Birdseed Shirt (2009, What Delicate Recordings). It is a mix of Fugazi muscle, shoegaze swirl, and R&B groove.
“Bedbedbedbedbed” is a broken love song—a song of joy sung in a fractured tenor by frontman Dan Scheuerman. It diverges from the irony and cynicism that marked previous songs in favor of plainspoken poetry, “My heart is filling up. / I am alive. / A raisin reattached to the vine / revived.”
The 12” single also includes three songs which don’t appear on the full-length, all of which share the slow grandeur of “Bedbedbedbedbed.”
“Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” takes the Smiths classic and screws the tempo, opening up a gorgeous world of digital glitch. It is layered with a tower of trash percussion, vocal harmonizing, and a tremolo-vocal adaptation of Johnny Marr’s iconic mandolin solo, as it rushes toward a dynamic cliff.
“Challenge Club” begins quiet and spooky, with a modulating vocal melody inspired by the Beach Boys’ “Wonderful.” Then, beginning with a single piano note, the song vamps into a bridge of stacked vocal harmonies and chiming acoustic guitars.
An acoustic version of “Bedbedbedbedbed” closes out the single, punctuated by a fuzzed out cello reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix feedback. The intimacy of the performance captures the song in a soft, reverent light.
released July 5, 2011
Bedbedbedbedbed: L Skell (P), Nick Krill (E, M)
Please, Please, Please: Dan Scheuerman, Matt Dowling (E, P), Jason Cohen (E), Miguel Lacsamana (M)
Challenge Club: L Skell (P), Nick Krill (E), Dennis Manuel (M)
Bedbedbedbedbed (acoustic): Dan Scheuerman (E, P), Emily Wright (Cello), Dennis Manuel (M)