“A few presents coming before our Madison Square Garden show,” said Phoenix yesterday on Twitter, “here’s the 1st one…” The gift that followed makes me officially excited for Thomas Mars, Branco, and the boys’ future “presents” as this weekend’s link leads to free mp3 stems for their breakout, deservedly-acclaimed LP, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
As stand-alone tracks, there’s nothing to see here, kids, but the inevitably fun remixes and mashups to come — not to mention their score for Sofia Coppola’s new film — sure make these ears happy. What’s more: “You’ll never know how long we’ll take to record the next album,” teases the French quartet in a handwritten note attached to the files. Is it possible to drain more pleasure from this stellar album in the meantime? My critical mind says “no,” but the iTunes play count on “Countdown” says “let’s go.” Either way, enjoy.