Thunder & Lightning — Kangaroo Court
I have infinite love for New York’s sadly defunct Harlem Shakes, so when I got word from former drummer Brent Katz about his new project Thunder & Lightning, I was understandably pumped. The band (which features Shakes bandmates as well as members of Beirut) self-released their Kangaroo Court full-length back in November, and I’m kicking myself for not discovering it until now. While Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein went the fuzzy bedroom pop route with his ARMS side project, Katz’s Thunder & Lightning veers in a much different direction. Using fleshed-out arrangements and front-and-center piano, they cook up a kind of light, breezy pop that smacks of decades past. Stream the record’s title track above and get the whole shebang here- this is not one to sleep on.