Recorded “in bursts between Mahoney’s LCD touring commitments,” Life of Mammals was mixed by James Murphy and features guest appearances by Arthur Russell collaborator Peter Gordon and Matt Shaw.
Longtime friends in New York, McNany and Mahoney found a similar sensibility and a shared vocabulary for interpreting surroundings, something that began with their remix of Battles’ “My Machines feat. Gary Numan” and extended into their creation of a full length record together.
Naming their duo in ode to Daniel Johnston’s song of the same name, Mahoney divulges, “I had always loved the song, and had been thinking of what such an edifice would contain when we were trying to name the project.” McNany continues, “Pat’s a sculptor, I’m a painter, we make music and museums are sacred spaces and love is an elusive thing.”
Museum of Love is the result of a songwriting collaboration between McNany and Mahoney, with McNany writing most of the music, and Mahoney most of the words. Together they edited and arranged the tracks in the studio. Mahoney says the process of collaboration was energizing, while McNany simply explains, “making the record was pure pleasure. Waiting for it to come out has been the hardest thing.”
Life of Mammals, inspired by the Women’s March and a Don Cherry sound, a brilliantly catchy, whistling percussive number by the New York duo of drummer and founding LCD Soundsystem member Pat Mahoney and musician Dennis McNany, aka Jee Day. Out on DFA Records, mixed by James Murphy. More Museum of Love can also be found on their Bandcamp page.
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