Track of the Day: 'Pull The Lever'

By Brendan Hasenstab

Past TracksGoddamn Electric Bill is the wonderful moniker of a one-man band from sunny San Diego, California. Jason Torbert happens to be that man, and he's been knocking about that local scene for the better part of the last seven years.

This song falls into the same sunny, melodic category as Delorean and other chillwave acts, but it's not aimed at the dance floor, at least not explicitly. The layered synths, double-dutch rhythms, and vocals buried deep in reverb celebrate being young and free, but this particular track also shimmers like the surface of a swimming pool on a blistering summer day. You don't really need to follow the plot; you can just enjoy the breeze and let it float by.

It would seem too easy to say that "Pull The Lever" is cinematic. But it also happens to be true. Literally. This is one of two GDEB songs on the soundtrack of a film, Like Crazy, that appeared in competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival. And we'll all be hearing more from GDEB in the months to come. His latest album, Jazz, is due out tomorrow. I, for one, can't wait.

NEW SONG: Pull The Lever from Goddamn Electric Bill on Vimeo.



On iTunes: Goddamn Electric Bill / "Pull the Lever"

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