New Music Report: Brooklyn's Sleigh Bells Make Primitive, Potent Noise

May 27, 2010 10:10 AM ET

In this week's New Music Report, Rolling Stone contributing editor Christian Hoard presents another segment of "Christian Rock," focusing on M.I.A.'s favorite new band, Sleigh Bells. One of the most buzzed-about bands of 2010, Sleigh Bells is the Brooklyn-based duo of Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss who bring big noise, hip-hop beats and waves of synths on their debut album Treats. "This is a very noisy album, but that noise is often shaped into really potent riffs," says Hoard, adding that the band is similar in primitivism to the White Stripes. "There are songs, too. This is not the kind of album that comes up and gives you a kiss; but it’s certainly body-rocking. And even though it sometimes seems like these guys are just screwing around, it’s a pretty fun listen." Check out this week's New Music Report plus clips of the duo's "Rill Rill" and "Tell 'Em" in the video above.

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