Brooklyn's Parts & Labor
takes the atonal screeches and errant atmospherics of experimental music and corrals them into a big, buzzy, open-sky version of glitch-rock. The trio augments its guitar-bass-drums set-up with circuit-bent keyboards and a constant undercurrent of controlled static and thankfully the knob-twiddling never devolves into unfocused wankery. Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw share vocal duties; both men sing with the full-throated conviction of freedom fighters or union-rally singers. The real secret to Parts & Labor is its unrelenting rhythms, though Christopher Weingarten's drums sound almost unnaturally fast, like they've been ProTooled to double their speed. The band's latest, Mapmaker
, finds it juggling the terse rhythms of math-rock with fleet-fingered riffage (most notably on "New Crimes") and injecting a brass band in "Fractured Skies" to add a touch of the majesty to the bombast.