Burner Herzog
Burner Herzog (Photo by Caroline Hamel)

Bands with clever pun names are often hit or miss, but one of the most hilarious I've heard so far is a winner in both senses. Meet Burner Herzog, the new project of Oakland-based Jasper Leach, whom you may know as the front man of Brasil.

This new venture, he says, is to help him "indulge [his] pop side." He officially released his debut single "Dark Places" on Monday, and boy, is it baroque pop excellence. Armed with a harpsichord and a couple friends adding vocals and hand claps, he explores influences in John Cale and Paul Simon's Graceland to make a charmingly infectious number.  It's rooted in simple pop structures and builds with peculiar little distortions and hand claps, but it triumphantly chugs along until the very end. It leaves its marks in just under three minutes with a melody that'll stick in your head and invade your hums for a long while.

At the moment, Burner Herzog is still a studio-only project, but he has plans so release a series of singles and play some shows at the end of the year. We're hoping to see some cool things from the Herzog camp this year. For now, keep an eye on his Bandcamp for new tunes and look out for news about Brasil's second record At Paradise Park.

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