Album Review: Sebastien Grainger – ‘Yours to Discover’

I am a fan of Sebastien Grainger from his Death From Above 1979 days, who accompanied by Jesse Keeler, announced in 2011 that the band was reforming and a new album was in the works. DFA 1979 originally gained wide popularity with their first full studio album You’re a Women, I’m a Machine however, since their 2006 breakup, Grainger (drums and lead vocals) and Keeler (bass, synth and vocals) went their separate ways on distinct solo projects—Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains and MSTRKRFT.
Since the release of Sebastien Grainger & the Mountain’s first album, Grainger has been involved in several other projects. These include joining Josh Reichmann in an electronica band called Bad Tits, and appearing as various aliases in The Rhythm Method and Girl on Girl, remixing various DFA 1979 and Metric songs. His fixation on mixing lives on as he has recently posted samples of “Going With You” and “The Streets are Still a Mess” from his new album, encouraging fans to create their own mixes.
In his work with the Mountains, he inhabited a singer/songwriter style that is softer and less frantic than DFA 1979. His new album, this time without the Mountains, follows suit but has evolved into what he tells Exclaim! to be the “MOST pop-a-fied MONSTER ever.” Entertaining our ears with his brash electro rock, and amusing us in the twitter-sphere—recently posting a lot about tacos and pizza—Sebastien Grainger remains an enigmatic and facetious figure in the realm of alternative rock. He shares with us in this new album the trials of moving with his wife, hair loss, love, and getting apologetically wasted.
“Going With You” and “Let’s Move to NYC” tells the story of moving from Toronto to starting over in LA with his wife Eva. He tells Exclaim! “We were looking for a new apartment and driving around — it was crummy weather in Toronto, overcast. We looked at some shitty apartment and were driving back to our place, and she just mentioned, 'Why don't we go to L.A.?”

The keyboard driven single “Going With You” provides a taste of the rest of the album, centering on synth-pop tempos and melodies above everything else. An EP of “Going With You” remixes has already surfaced and can be found on Grainger’s bandcamp site.

“Going With You” (Bear Mountain Remix)
Following suit from Grainger’s other projects, this album exudes a sort of organized chaos of unusual melodies (and some would argue to be under thought lyrics), but somehow it works. I wouldn’t say it is fitting for every musical inclination, but if you are seeking some sweaty pop beats Yours to Discover is a good album to pick up.  
Yours to Discover is available for purchase via Last Gang Records and on iTunes.
Jillian King
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