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MP3 Mad Planet - Gliese 581g

Moody, shadowy, atmospheric songs evoking an astral essence potentially inspired by a night of stargazing.

4 MP3 Songs in this album (20:18) !
Related styles: Electronic: Ambient, Electronic: Trip Hop, Mood: Dreamy

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While most bands only dream of finding the right chemistry, Los Angeles-based duo Mad Planet oozed it from the very beginning. Vocalist/bassist Cooper Gillespie and drummer Greg Gordon met at a now defunct Hollywood nightclub when sparks flew and they decided to pair up as a couple and a band.

The duo immediately discovered a shared love of trip-hop, rock and jazz. “We wanted to go in more of a Massive Attack, Portishead direction,” says Gordon, who had previously been a member of the Nervous Return, a punk-rock outfit that toured with the likes of Blink 182 and No Doubt. Gillespie had fronted Bang Sugar Bang, an aggressive punk-rock trio, and felt compelled to try something new.

Their seamless fusion of ambient electro-rock and trip hop coupled with Gillespie’s haunting melodies has garnered them comparisons to artists like Portishead, Siouxsie Sioux and Warpaint.

Mad Planet began recording their debut album in early 2009, using their Silver Lake apartment as a studio. The result was “All Elephants,” a 12-track album that bursts at the seams with cool, melodic grooves and ethereal female vocals. Released in the Summer of 2010, “All Elephants” explores fairly dark themes of loss, love, breakups and depression but comes out the other side, offering listeners hope and beauty in their darkest hours. The album earned the band critical acclaim and a position in the CMJ Top 200 charts alongside bands such as the Arcade Fire, Interpol, Of Montreal and more.

Mad Planet is kicking off 2011 with the release of their self-produced ep, Gliese 581g (pronounced “GLEE-zuh”). Named after a recently discovered planet thought to be a sister planet to Earth, Gliese 581g features four songs from the band’s upcoming album, the Goldilocks Zone. Gillespie’s seductive vocals provide a strong anchor for the down-tempo tunes, which are replete with scratching, complex electronic layers, addictive bass lines and Gordon’s explosive backbeats.

The planet Gliese 581g is perpetually light on one side and dark on the other. “Lyrically the songs on the ep deal with the conflict between the light and the dark inside each of us,” states the band.

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