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Asa Taccone needed to come back to himself. After years of grinding towards a dream, the Electric Guest frontman and his musical partner, Matthew Compton, finally achieved breakout success with their 2012 debut, ‘Mondo.’ Recorded with longtime friend and mentor Danger Mouse, the album was an unqualified success, but for all the benefits that came from working with an established producer, Taccone wanted to know who he was independently. Rather than lose himself in some idea of success, he wanted to define himself on his own, so he quietly recorded a left-turn of a follow-up album alone in his bedroom. It was a somber reflection of a particularly difficult stretch of life. He pored over every detail, stressed over every sound and syllable, and then, when it was finished, he threw it away.
Enter ‘Plural,’ a record that finds Taccone and Compton at the absolute top of their game, infusing their version of electronic r&b with an even more confident, adventurous spirit than ‘Mondo’ displayed. And that’s saying something, because ‘Mondo’ was a life-changer for the band. Rolling Stone called it “a Beck-ian journey into L.A. slacker soul, full of hooky neon jams,” while Entertainment Weekly hailed its “winking falsetto and retro swagger,” and The Guardian praised its “soulful, funked-up pop.” Lead single “This Head I Hold” was featured in an NFL Super Bowl commercial, while other tunes turned up in soundtracks everywhere from ‘Girls’ to ‘Suits.’ MTV named Electric Guest an Artist To Watch, NME tagged them as a Band Of The Week, and they made the rounds at festivals from Bonnaroo to Outside Lands in addition to taking late night TV by storm with electrifying performances on Letterman, Fallon, Conan, and more.
Taccone’s faced down his devil, and he emerges on ‘Plural’ much stronger for having done it. By searching within, he found the courage to begin again, he stopped overthinking and second- guessing and tapped into the truest part of his self, pure and unfiltered. He wrote these songs in an effort to figure out who he was. With an album this good, it won’t be long before the rest of the world figures out who Electric Guest is, too.