This band makes such good music. The perfect musical duo. One man, one woman. Many sounds. It sounds like something from the past, mixed with the present, giving me hope for the future of music. Please listen to this
Favorite track: Katharine.
Great, catchy album! Not a skippable song on it. And the seller (Cookies?) was so generous they threw in their 10" EP Summer Jam, which is now another gem in my library.
Favorite track: July Seventeen.
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A beautiful and perfect record album featuring artwork by Emily Keegin and Tracy Ma. Comes with a limited edition newspaper of companion images, "Tools For Touching." Vinyl will ship a week before release date!
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"Pop music that is built to last"
Sasha Frere-Jones, THE NEW YORKER
"Equal parts Kraftwerk and 'Thriller'"
Matt Diehl, NEW YORK TIMES
"[A] gleaming example of what pop should sound like these days"
"Music For Touching" is the debut album from Cookies, an exquisitely crafted pop project by Ben Sterling. The album was an obsessive labor of love for the native New Yorker, five years and countless detours in the making.
Sterling was co-founder of the now disbanded electro-rock group Mobius Band. Signed to Ghostly International, the Brooklyn trio toured the world several times over with the likes of Cut Copy, The National, Tokyo Police Club and Matthew Dear. The eventual dissolution of the band left Sterling in a new and unfamiliar position, writing and recording entirely on his own, free of compromise.
The result is Cookies. On "Music For Touching," influences from disco, hip hop, classic pop and modern electronic timbres mingle into a highly personal dance music. There’s a probing, experimental edge to Sterling’s writing and production, but the result is inherently populist: "Music For Touching" channels a universal appeal, radiating the sort of timeless melodies that chimed out of your radio as a kid.
Guest musicians include Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire), Aakaash Israni (Dawn of Midi), Tom Vek, Rebecca Zeller (Ra Ra Riot), the Magik Magik Orchestra, and the voices of Melissa Metrick, Areni Agbabian and Ashley Giorgi, who serve as the female counterpoint to Sterling’s baritone.
released September 9, 2014
All songs written and produced by Ben Sterling
Melissa Metrick, female vocal
Areni Agbabian, female vocal (6)
Colin Stetson, baritone saxophone (4)
Magik Magik Orchestra (7):
Phil Brezina, violin
Jory Fankuchen, viola
Lucas Chen, cello
Minna Choi, conducting
Ian Ainley, cymbals (7)
Tom Vek, edit (9)
Rebecca Zeller, violin (9)
Colette Alexander, cello (9)
Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather Brooklyn, mix (2, 7, 9)
Brian Bender at The Motherbrain, additional engineer (7)
Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone, additional engineer (7)
Mastered by Andy Van Dette at Masterdisk (1-9)
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering (10)
supported by 13 fans who also own “Music For Touching”
This is an interesting middle ground between Son Lux the band and Son Lux the soloist. This feels like a very professional, high budget album with a whole group behind it, yet it was still primarily Ryan Lott. Either way it doesn't matter - like all Son Lux albums, this is amazing. Plan the Escape makes me feel both scared, mesmerized, and rejuvenated. k-leb