In any case, today, I'm proud to introduce you to Night Surgeon, known to their families as Patrick Replogle and John Boyd. This duo plays a lively breed of new-wave/ indie/synth pop, but they do it with unusual polish. What you'll hear is the sound of two Berklee School of Music graduates cranking out top-grade tunes with complex arrangements of smart lyrics, buzzy synths, lightly-funky guitar, and yes, real drums. In all, it's a big, bright sound that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Cut Copy or other up-and-comers like Starlings or Penguin Prison.
"Brick Moon" takes aim at the artificial nature of so many aspects of modern life--"If only we could remain close/Inside a world full of live ghosts," Patrick sings, "The only thing I trust/Is you and me here." In the final 45 seconds, they amp up the drama by taking the music down a notch, and posing The Big Question: "If everyone's so synthetic/It's getting harder to tell/Are we human/Or are we digital?" I'll leave you to ponder that one. Meanwhile, I'm going to give the song another spin.
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On iTunes: Night Surgeon / "Brick moon"
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