L.A. Unheard: Body Parts’ head-turning rock


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The band: Body Parts, an Echo Park solo project-turned-band.

The sound: The band plays a wildly melodic brand of indie rock indebted to cerebral dance music makers such as Talking Heads and Dirty Projectors. Founder Ryder Bach’s voice is a high, shrill instrument that’s at its most powerful enmeshed in dissonant multi-tracked harmonies; his irreverent lyrics range from sincere calls for “more conditional love” to name-checking Miley Cyrus. (And that’s just one song.)

The random: Aside from a handful of vocal contributions, every note on the group’s seven-track “On Purpose” EP was played by Bach in his parents’ Long Island basement before he headed west and gathered the rest of the group.


The details: With its first South by Southwest run behind it, the band’s touring its way back to L.A. with local colleague Emperor X. The duo will play a homecoming show Thursday night at the Satellite with Brainstorm and Twin Steps.

The music: Download “Doing Things” below and hear more from the band on Bandcamp.

MP3: Body Parts -- ‘Doing Things


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-- David Greenwald