New Band: Discourse

At the very beginning of last semester when we were still moving carpets around, my housemate, Mark, played a bunch of really weird disco revival music by a band called Desire on our living room stereo. Desire has lyrics like “I don’t eat / I don’t sleep / I do nothing but think of you.” My knee-jerk reaction was that it sounded lame and weird, and I wondered whether our previously compatible musical tastes had completely diverged while I was abroad, and what if we were totally different people now, and since when is disco having a revival anyway?

But after their well-placed hand claps had spun around a few times, I realized their sound was addictive like Disney Channel Original Movies from the late 90’s–familiar semi-sappy stories spun in fantastic worlds that were exactly the right degree of out-of-touch. Now I absolutely love it, and Mark and I like to honor their lyrics by asking each other about the difference between love and obsession.

So I wasn’t at all bothered when Mark picked up his drum machine, found a synthesizer, and started playing disco revival in our house. He formed a band called Discourse (get it?) with our friend Asa; now they’re bringing the disco revival sound to Wes. Until recently you could only hear them live. But now I’m pleased to announce that they’ve recorded and have a music video.

Here it is! Discourse is Mark McCloughan ’10 and Asa Horvitz ’10; Ian Staub ’10 did the recording; and Spencer Sheridan ’10 made the video using his parents’ nativity figurines, some wrapping paper, and a webcam hanging from the ceiling of his garage.

(Via if and or)

[EDIT: 2/3, 9:20 AM]

Ian tweaked the track a bit. For y’all who asked: download the final mixdown of “Golden Year” over here.

17 thoughts on “New Band: Discourse

  1. Alex B

    Great job on the recording, I’d definitely be interested in a download too.

    And Spencer, the hard work was totally worth it. Great video, especially the end with Baby Jesus riding around on the camel

  2. Alex B

    Great job on the recording, I’d definitely be interested in a download too.

    And Spencer, the hard work was totally worth it. Great video, especially the end with Baby Jesus riding around on the camel

  3. Alex B

    Great job on the recording, I’d definitely be interested in a download too.

    And Spencer, the hard work was totally worth it. Great video, especially the end with Baby Jesus riding around on the camel

  4. JJS III

    A) I love Desire. FOREVER EVER.

    B) I always thought Mark was awesome solely because he took Eiko Otake’s “Delicious Movement” class. I have no idea why this deserves a letter or even needs to be mentioned, but I have absolutely no filter whatsoever.

    C) I actually really like this song. Can it be downloaded anywhere?

  5. JJS III

    A) I love Desire. FOREVER EVER.

    B) I always thought Mark was awesome solely because he took Eiko Otake’s “Delicious Movement” class. I have no idea why this deserves a letter or even needs to be mentioned, but I have absolutely no filter whatsoever.

    C) I actually really like this song. Can it be downloaded anywhere?

  6. JJS III

    A) I love Desire. FOREVER EVER.

    B) I always thought Mark was awesome solely because he took Eiko Otake’s “Delicious Movement” class. I have no idea why this deserves a letter or even needs to be mentioned, but I have absolutely no filter whatsoever.

    C) I actually really like this song. Can it be downloaded anywhere?

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