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- Posted on Apr 24th 2008 12:00PM by Jonah Flicker
Gillis doesn't get out much during the day anymore, with a busy schedule of performing at venues around the country while simultaneously working on a follow-up to his 2006 breakout album, 'Night Ripper.' If all goes as planned, the new record, tentatively titled 'Feed the Animals,' should be completed by June. "I'm building it in specific chunks," he says. "Tying those pieces together is gonna be a big effort." While his style of frenzied sampling and genre jumping will remain intact, some changes can be expected. "It's an evolution of ['Night Ripper''s] sound. It's more accessible and more extreme on the detail end of things. I'm not as focused as jumping around from song to song. It's still very fast-paced."
For the uninitiated, or as Gillis explains it to his parents, Girl Talk is a sound collage "taking bits and pieces of various genres from the past six or seven years worth of pop and cutting it up, combining it, speeding it up." This means that snippets of Justin Timberlake, T.I., Nirvana and AC/DC might collide in the space of a few minutes, all manipulated by Gillis' deft hands and advanced technology.
Girl Talk's longtime label, Illegal Art, will release the new CD, while Dan Deacon's label, Wham City, will release the vinyl version. The two plan to collaborate in the near future as well. "We're gonna do a collaborative track as a CD single or something," Gillis explains. "It's gonna be a mix of samples and original instrumentation." In the meantime, he will continue to plug away on the new record when he's not bringing his manic dance party to a venue near you.