Ben Scott and Hazel Rigby's band, called Outside World, plays a pleasently surprising amalgam of dream pop, math rock, and world music. Single 'I Know You' (streaming) starts with an intro that defies a tempo signature - stuff a la Radiohed, but not pompous at all - and then settles on a weirdly synchopated, vaguely funky rhyhm, switching cleverly between sections featuring different variations of triplet-based rhythms. For reasons beyond our comprehension, both this single and the other one available online ('Wasting Time,' a simpler pop song sung by Ben) trigger Calypso references, probably because of Scott's synchopated guitar lines, which often feature a chimey tone vaguely reminiscent of a steel pan. Both songs are included in the band's upcoming, self-titled album, which will be released through a live show at Cake Shop on October 08. We are intrigued!
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!