online listen
now that was strange
minimalist approach
light guitar, bass, drum
like the vocal, just too little music
stupid video with the link
1.1 from me and a converted 2.4 from the pros at allmusic

from the album - Happy In Bits
Prinzhorn Dance School - Happy In Bits - YouTube

released Jan 31st, 2012

Bio - from allmusic

Brighton, England's Prinzhorn Dance School strips indie rock down to its sparest, nerviest essence, combining
shouted, slogan-like vocals, clattering rhythms, and the occasional twangy or rumbling guitar in their minimalist,
mysterious songs. Tobin and Suzy Horn took the name of Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who collected the art of his mentally
ill patients, as inspiration for their own work, and began writing and recording songs in an abandoned chapel in
Portsmouth. After about a year and a half of songwriting and playing a few gigs, the duo sent their demo to five of
their favorite labels. They ended up signing to DFA Records in 2006, becoming the label's least electronic-oriented
act. That November, they released their first single, You Are the Space Invader/Eat, Sleep, as a 7" limited to 500
copies. The duo began recording their debut album early in 2007, beginning with sessions in a cottage in Devon that
were scrapped in favor of recording in a Sussex barn. Prinzhorn Dance School then traveled to New York to mix the
album with DFA's James Murphy, Tim Goldsworthy, and Eric Broucek and play some dates opening for LCD Soundsystem.
The group was due to return to North America a few months later to open for LCD Soundsystem's spring tour, but were
unable to due to visa issues. The band's second single, Up! Up! Up!/Hamworthy Sports and Leisure Center, was issued
later that spring, and a third, Crackerjack Docker, was released in summer 2007 just a few weeks before their self
-titled debut arrived. After touring in support of the album, Prinzhorn Dance School kept a low profile for several
years, playing occasional dates and recording. The 2010 single Seed, Crop, Harvest suggested more music might be
forthcoming, but it wasn't until late 2011, when another single, Happy in Bits, preceded the announcement that a
second album was forthcoming. Clay Class arrived in January 2012.

Album Review - from allmusic

Even if Prinzhorn Dance School did nothing during the five years between their 2007 self-titled debut and Clay
Class, it would have been time well spent: their dour distrust and wry paranoia were more in keeping with the state
of the world in the early 2010s than the pre-recession 2000s. However, Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn used their time
away to make subtle but significant changes to their music. They couldn't get any sparser or shoutier than they
were on Prinzhorn Dance School, so they added stuttering syncopation to their beats and more melody and harmony to
their vocals and instrumentation. These changes might be barely noticeable in almost any other band's music, but
Prinzhorn's previous songs were so bare and cryptic that any additional flesh on their bones makes a big
difference. Similarly, Tobin's manifestos are easier to follow, and to perhaps gain a following. "Usurper" plays
like a sequel to, and a translation of, their debut's "You Are the Space Invader," with the inevitability of
progress, change, and obsolescence reflected in its unwavering beat. Prinz's cold, raspy voice is perfect for
pronouncements like the excellent single "Seed, Crop, Harvest"'s refrain "got off the treadmill, treadmill/Got in
the breadline, breadline." While Clay Class lacks Prinzhorn Dance School's revolutionary outbursts, it more than
makes up for them with subversive reflections and critiques that are withering instead of fiery. "I was saved by
the splendour of Britain in bloom," Prinz intones on the stunted dirge "The Flora and Fauna of Britain in Bloom,"
where a tin of mixed fruit calls for a special occasion; meanwhile, "Sing Orderly"'s seeming non sequiturs create a
more abstract, and sinister, picture of consumerism and conformity. Though the emphasis on melody might make these
songs easier to swallow, there's no mistaking the bitter tinge that runs through them. Paradoxically, Clay Class
paints vivid portraits of want with its stark music, setting them against a wintry landscape of lonely
architecture, granite-grey skies, skinny trees, and fallow fields -- but also purple poppies that grow through
cracks in the pavement on "Happy in Bits," which ekes out some joy despite the album's somber tone. And for the
first time, Prinzhorn Dance School sings about want on a personal level, which they find just as complicated as
politics and philosophy. "I Want You" plays like a beautiful warning as Prinz and Horn sing "I want you/suffocate
your soul/cage your freedom in a loving prison" over a seductively melancholy guitar melody, while "Crisis Team"
admits that the complications of needing someone are often necessary, and often worth it, but once again lets the
guitars do most of the talking. It's probably not coincidental that these are two of the album's finest moments;
overall, Clay Class gives the feeling of bridges being built and dots being connected. While the thrill of decoding
their transmissions is missed, this kind of reaching out is the best way for Prinzhorn Dance School to grow.

Track Listing

1. Happy in Bits
2. Usurper
3. Seed, Crop, Harvest
4. I Want You
5. Your Fire Has Gone Out
6. Crisis Team
7. The Flora and Fauna of Britian in Bloom
8. Turn Up the Light
9. Sing Orderly
10. Right Night Kay West
11. Shake the Jar