As a co-founding member of Shinkoyo records, Matt Mehlan’s Skeletons project retains the label’s core ideals – collaboration, experimentation, and unpredictability. Beginning in Oberlin, Ohio as a solo project with help from an eclectic cast of collaborators (classically-trained trombonists, punk rock drummers, a junkyard boy's choir), Skeletons has now settled comfortably into its adult body, having established the full-time band The Girl-Faced Boys, who mesh impeccable hooks with dissonant world-beat funk, gorgeous-butcreepy balladeer intonations, and grotesque moments of noise that forge
cohesion from discord.
Their unique out-pop stylings have earned loose comparisons to artists such as Animal Collective, The Postal Service, Sea and Cake, and Xiu Xiu, and their distinctive outsider sensibilities have won over crowds while supporting acts like TV On The Radio, The Unicorns, VHS or Beta, and Holger Czukay (of Can). The world of Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys has thus far been an esoteric
one, but the brilliance of their debut Ghostly LP Git offers a solid and irresistible step forward into a new realm for the label and for avant-pop altogether.
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