If you are at all aware of what is going on in the alternative music scene, then you have probably already heard the incredibly catchy, absolutely genius creation that is “New Dorp, New York” by SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig. I’ve been playing it on repeat since I discovered it about a week after it came out in late July. I’m ashamed to say that I kind of forgot about SBTRKT. Well, that’s the wrong term. I just pushed him to the back of my mind as I got preoccupied by new music but “New Dorp, New York” reminded me why I loved his self-titled debut back in 2011 so much.
SBTRKT is a post-dubstep/indie pop project spearheaded by Aaron Jerome. I find Jerome really interesting, especially because of his view on anonymity, which explains the name. He’s stated previously that “[I’d] rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process.” He also wears modern interpretations of native ceremonial masks on stage to add to anonymous image of SBTRKT.
I loved his first album, and I wasn’t the only one, with SBTRKT being named DJ Magazine Album of the Year and coming in at #49 in the NME Albums of 2011. I’m not so patiently waiting for his next release, Wonder Where We Land, which will drop September 22 and feature “New Dorp, New York.”
Check out SBTRKT!