Electric Guest To Debut With Danger Mouse Produced Album

By Doug Bleggi

Asa Taccone is no stranger to success. He produced the widely loved “Dick in a Box” by The Lonely Island back in 2006, a track that essentially launched the comedy group off SNL and into the pop charts. His brother Jorma is one third of that group, and has a long history with all three members of the comedy trio. His new project, Electric Guest, however, is not meant for laughs. The duo, consisting of himself and Matt Compton, is a groove based project that bridges soulful vocals with indie rock vibes. Their successful fusion of the two words is helped greatly by the production skills of Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, who had been working on and off with the band for five years — their collaboration finally culminating in the release of Mondo, scheduled for release on April 24.

“[Danger Mouse] was sort of like my mentor for a while.” says Taccone. “I played him tracks for years and finally he was like you should do an album and we should do it together, but there was a chunk of years between us saying that and it actually happening.”

While the duo has their own knack for falsetto vocals and chant-based hooks, Danger Mouse’s influence can clearly be heard on first single, “American Daydream,” which has echoes of Demon Days by Gorillaz, Broken Bells, and his recent Rome project with Daniele Luppi. Check out the video below.