Oxford, Mississippian Deepak Mantena has made a name for himself as Junk Culture, slicing and dicing samples roughly along the lines of Illegal Art label mate Girl Talk. After relying on DIY cuts of field recordings, snippets of favorite songs, and instrumentals to fill out his first two albums, Mantena decided to go heavier on original music for his debut LP, Wild Quiet. Now, he draws inspiration from the electro-pop of bands like Neon Indian and chillwave’s lethargic rhythms for tracks like “Growing Pains”, the first listen off the album.
In the music video, a spinning camera takes in Mantena and his backing band in an abandoned lot as he sings (fittingly, given his new artistic vision), “I’m not trying to be the man I used to be.” Obviously, since they don animal masks in their increasingly discolored, Instagrammed environment. Try not to get dizzy as you watch it below.
Wild Quiet arrives July 31st via Illegal Art.