A quirky eight-piece from Brooklyn, N.Y., Rubblebucket have been marketing their album to fans of acts like Dirty Projectors at a feverish pace, racking up comparisons to Yeasayer and Akron/Family along the way. While much of their new album, Omega La La, indeed consists of offbeat dance tunes spiked with disco beats and zigzagging synth lines, don't pigeonhole these guys just yet.
"L'Homme" nods to Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier but eschews that band's loungey electronica vibe in favor of heavier beats and blasts of brass. The dark, introspective "Pile of Rage" follows a different path, seeking out the place where Sade's sound converges with Bjork's.
Meanwhile, "Lifted/Weak Arms" kicks off with arty, jazz-influenced chords, then morphs into a curious hybrid of math rock and trip hop, unleashing a spooky spoken interlude at its midpoint. All of this shape-shifting could be jarring, but instead it makes you wonder who on Earth these musicians are - a very good thing for a band trying to grab the public's attention.