Track of the Day: 'Get Away'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

It was one of my favorites from the summer, off The Internet’s Ego Death album, and they just came out with a video version a few weeks ago:

From Pitchfork’s Craig Jenkins’s review of the album:

Ego Death is both spare and quietly musical, its crisp low end anchored in hip-hop as the rest of the band coolly branches out into jazz, funk, and rock. Think of it as an offspring of early neo-soul pillars like Groove Theory and Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, bedroomy but also lush and progressive. Ego Death is leagues too studiously retro to fit anyone’s idea of “alternative,” but it’s still plenty odd. These songs frequently take hard, unexpected turns: Opener “Get Away” is a tribal bass and percussion stomp in the verses (twice as sinister live) but gossamer and pretty around the choruses. “Gabby”’s hip-hop strut melts into a psychedelic waltz-timed coda adorned with pretty, wordless melodies from Janelle Monáe.