Label: Thrill Jockey Release date: 29/09/09 Website: http://www.myspace.com/wethankyou Hailing from Baltimore, a part of America spitting out interesting bands every few years. We’ve already seen the assent of Animal Collective and Dan Deacon from this burgeoning scene this year. Thank You are a three piece who make a beautiful racket and they have just released a wonderful EP showcasing what they’re all about. Like their musical kin in ‘The Smell’ scene Thank You are forging a musical sound and identity of their own. Primarily a primitive, tribal drum and guitar trio they do fill out their sound with organ freak outs and chanting. The five track EP has only two songs by Thank You themselves, the back end of the EP is rounded out with three remixes, which we’ll come back to later. Anyone familiar with Animal Collective’s earlier work will be interested to hear these songs, Pathetic Magic and Strange All respectively as they call to mind that period of their music before they got caught up with all the electronics and were more lo-fi and ‘experimental’. Thank You are able to shape these two tracks into a more cohesive narrative song structures than AC ever used to, which is definitely to their advantage. Opener Pathetic Magic is a cacophonous little number with a few twists and turns in the tail which builds and builds to a rapturous ending. Strange All incorporates a haunting, sinister, repetitive organ into the mix, along with the ethereal chanting which breaks down in the middle before reassembling into a more fragile track entirely which slowly winds down into itself. The three remixes are all interesting in and of themselves. Dan Deacon’s is by far my favourite. Building from a single note into a throbbing monster, using only the drum beat from the original version of Pathetic Magic he is able to create something powerful and new. The other two remixes are by Joe Williams & Jason Urik, and Asa Osbourne and they follow on from this theme. Using one repetitive loop from the song they are able to create something innovative and fascinating. The use of remixes on this EP shows how easily you can create something new from parts of something else. A philosophy that seems to be shared by many within this blossoming scene. Rating: 7.5/10