Song Premiere: ON AN ON, ‘The Hunter’

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ON AN ON are bringing vocoders back.

We’ve been vocoder fans since stumbling onto “Mr. Blue Sky” in our dad’s record collection, so we’re glad to hear our favorite sci-fi vocal effect making a comeback in ON AN ON’s “The Hunter.” (Holler at you later, Auto-Tune.) But it’s the only retro move on the Chicago/Minneapolis indie band’s new single, which explodes with synthesizer fireworks and speaker-frying bass. The track was produced, mixed, and mastered by studio genius Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Los Campesinos!), which means its epicness will no doubt rival a season of “Game of Thrones.”

Listen to ON AN ON’s “The Hunter” after the jump.

It’s one of the biggest tracks on the trio’s debut album, Give In, a set that filters the group’s pop hooks through gritty, hyper-saturated textures and atmospheric reverb. The group previously served as three-fifths of Scattered Trees before pushing forward with the new project, which teamed them with the influential producer, but you won’t hear many hard feelings on the ecstatic release. “Don’t be so worried, I’ll lend you my secret,” Nate Eiesland sings on “The Hunter,” which is pretty reassuring even if the secret is he’s actually a robot.

The band won’t be a mystery for long: Their song “Ghosts” recently soundtracked an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and ON AN ON will start 2013 off right with Give In, which drops Jan. 29 on Roll Call Records.

+ Listen to ON AN ON’s “The Hunter.”

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