"Beating Heart Baby" is the new single from Head Automatica. The group consists of acclaimed hip-hop producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (whose resume includes production for Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School) and Daryl Palumbo, lead singer from New York-based progressive rock band Glassjaw. The song is taken from Head Automatica's debut album "Decadence" which dropped in August of 2004.
Head Automatica has toured with bands including Interpol, Thrice, and Lostprophets. Recently, the band cancelled a few shows on its current U.S. tour due to Daryl's relapse of Crohn's Disease (other famous sufferers of Crohn's disease- Anastacia and Amy Grant). Although uncomfortable, the disease is not life-threatening and the band resumed its tour and finished shooting the video for "Beating Heart Baby" in New York.
Head Automatica's music has been described as dance floor punk to a combination of new wave, rock and electronic beats. If you like the Scissor Sisters or The Killers then you will enjoy "Beating Heart Baby." The song was written by bandmembers Daryl Palumbo and Craig Bonich and follows the release of "Please Please Please (Young Hollywood)" from late 2004.
Aside from the album version, Warner released a promotional copy of the song with four different remixes. The "Chris Lord-Alge Mix" delivers infectious guitar riffs, retro synths, and a catchy hook designed to make you move.
The "El-P Remix" is stripped down compared to the "Chris Lord-Alge Mix." The mix emphasizes more of a beat versus synths or the guitar.
The "Mr. Mig Remix" also showcases some retro keyboard synths accompanied with a solid beat. When the song first starts out I almost want to start singing Toni Basil's 1982 memorable song "Mickey."
The "DTC Jungle Mix" is more of a chilled-out mix again emphasizing beats flavored with "beating heart baby" through out the mix.
I enjoyed the song - it's a fun song with simple lyrics. I would describe the music as rock-tinged dance which has become more noticeable in the past few years. "Beating Heart Baby" would fit nicely in between Jason Nevin's mix of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and Scissor Sister's "Filthy / Gorgeous."