In preparation for their upcoming debut self-named EP release, Ben and Evan of Gilligan Moss have been releasing singles to stir up anticipation and excitement. Their latest single, “Special Thing,” was written as an ode to French predecessors – robots and monoliths alike.
Gilligan Moss is a duo that hails from Chicago with a distinct style that fills in the cracks between several genres. They are drawn to strange melodies, polyrhythmic percussion, and driving basslines, with the goal of making music that could soundtrack an Ewok dance party as easily as it could a solitary walk home. The project began when Evan anonymously released his first single, “Choreograph,” to Soundcloud and caught a wave of blog buzz. When asked to go on the road in support of Glass Animals in late-2015, he asked Ben to join him for the live rig. The spark that formed when the two met in pre-school was rekindled as they began to write together.
“Special Thing” brings the warm outdoors to listeners, wherever they may be, directly through the pleasantly groovy production. Sounds of nature fill the production. Distant waves, rustling leaves, and ample bird calls back the driving bassline which is accompanied by what sounds like beating bongos. It’s a very jungle/beach paradise vibe right off the bat. The filtered vocal loop and chord progression are deeply hypnotic in this tune that Ben rescued from Evan’s trash pile. It’s hard to stay still with this up-tempo and feel-good beat playing. And what makes it even better is the visualizer that is complete with chickens. All the chickens.
Listeners everywhere are surely rejoicing that this song was rescued and turned into this funky nu-disco track. Grab yourself an ice-cold ‘Pfizer and head down to the beach to listen to this one!
The full EP, Gilligan Moss, will be available on April 9th.