The band formerly known as Eleven & the Falcons has, with the new year, taken on a new name: Alligator Indian. Says the band, “We’re going to be working on new material and playing shows over the coming months so we’ll keep you posted.”
At the end of 2010, they released a three-song EP on Bandcamp which retains the avant garde charm of Eleven & the Falcons but with nods to garage rock and ‘60s doo-wop. Oh, and it’s called New Weird Xmas. But don’t let that scare you away.
“Christmas may be over, but Alligator Indian’s debut EP, New Weird Christmas, is still free to download and offers three songs perfect for any time of year,” reports a press release.
This is actually true. The title track (well, almost: It’s called “New Weird Christmas” is a sucker punch of fuzzed out guitars and distortion, throaty vocals buried under static and ringing background “na na nas” that recall a radio station fading in and out during a long road trip on a rainy day. Both otherworldly and cozy.
“Prospect Park” was written as a Christmas gift to the band’s friend, Brooklyn artist Melissa Diaz. A bell-clear refrain, “Just like Holly,” rings over a glitchy metronome of electronics while layers of voices build below in reverse architecture. The song is a microcosm of a story; a carol stripped to its essence.
“Merry Xmas, Melissa Diaz” is the EP’s longest track at four-and-a-half minutes. Here, Alligator Indian showcases its penchant for soundscapes and sonic craftsmanship. If this were a visual art project, it would be a collage; if it were a film it would be a Kinetoscope strip of still images run together in halting animation. As it is, the song is a pastiche of holiday songs sung in haunting and echo-y waves, sometimes atonal, sometimes harmonic, always intriguing. That this is Christmas music out of season somehow makes it that much better.
Listen and download the EP here.