Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
One-man dance party Penguin Prison is a colorful, ecstatic burst of manic electro that references New York's post-DFA boogieverse but has a joyful pop streak that extends further back, to rapturous soul and giddy new wave. It helps that the band's monstrously talented pilot, Chris Glover, has a set of unbelievable pipes--he can push pomo beatwork like a post-punk purist but still wail like an American Idol. Naturally, dude is blowing up in England right now. Penguin Prison is actually a second act for Glover, who spent a chunk of the '00s signed to Interscope as a hip-hop-centric troubadour somewhere between Beck and Justin Timberlake (recall the one-off single "Stand On Your Seat"?). After his record never came out (as records in the '00s were wont to do), Glover spent a few years kicking around NYC until collaborating with his friend Alex Frankel from local dance crew Holy Ghost! and quickly fell down a dancier path. One of the two A-sides from his debut single (out now via New York 7" label Neon Gold), "A Funny Thing," is a relationship jam built on electrofunk bloops, retrofuture jangle, and Glover's formidable voice, beaming transmissions from the mid-point between New Order and Tears For Fears.