WATCH: Stephen Malkmus Goes Full Electroclash on “Viktor Borgia”

The Pavement frontman embraces his inner Fischerspooner on the robotic dance jam from his forthcoming Groove Denied.

Stephen Malkmus just wants to make you dance. Or at least lurch about in a semi-rhythmic manner.

The alt-rock folk hero has finally gone and done it. That long-rumored “rejected” electronic album Malkmus has been talking about for a while now is finally upon us. Yes, really, and no, it’s not a joke. Or is it?

“It’s kind of funny to mess with stuff you’re not supposed to mess with,” the singer shrugged in a recent interview about his upcoming solo debut, Groove Denied, which is set for release on March 15.

Despite the electroclash jokes, Malkmus says his plugged-in new sound is beamed in directly from the early ’80s, thank you very much.

“Yes, I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien,’ the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” he revealed in a press release, and the first single from the album, slow-motion electro-ballad, “Viktor Borgia,” confirms this influence. “And also about how in the New Wave ’80s, these suburban eighteen-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet—a sanctuary.”

Watch Malkmus get his groove on atop a laser-filled dance-floor in the “Viktor Borgia” music video below.

“I did frontload Groove Denied with the stuff that signals ’80’s/cold,’” the singer shared in his new Simon Reynolds-penned bio, a sure sign that he’s taking this electronic business pretty seriously. “That stuff excited me the most and it sounded braver. If I had another year, it could have been all in that style.”

Malkmus will support Groove Denied with a series of solo shows that kick off May 1 at Toronto’s Great Hall. See the full list of dates here.


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