NPR logo

The Electric Penguins: "Soft Landing"

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/18778301/18670018" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
The Electric Penguins: 'Soft Landing'

The Electric Penguins: 'Soft Landing'

The Electric Penguins: "Soft Landing"

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/18778301/18670018" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Electric Penguins are an electro-pop and rock trio that likes to kick it old school. Their debut CD, Goodbye from The Electric Penguins was recorded with vintage synths and instruments like a Moog, Mellotron, Farfisa, organ and a mono drum machine. The result is a warm, organic sound built on repetitive melodic lines and gently layered vocals that feel like a bliss-filled daydream.

The Electric Penguins are from Ireland and feature Mark Cummins, Paul Murphy and Sean Quinn. The group gets its name from the password Paul McCartney used for his Cavendish Square apartment in the '60s.

For Goodbye from The Electric Penguins the band says they wanted to "to make a modern record using only '70s instruments/sounds. No fancy programming, no 5.1 surround sound, no cut'n'paste — just three guys in a studio." All instruments and vocals were recorded live to tape.

Yesterday's Second Stage Artist

Download this song in the Second Stage podcast