After its eponymous debut single got oodles of (deserved) airplay on the Current and elsewhere, Free Energy is well on the way to a breakout year in 2010. We'll see just how big a break it might be for the Philly band -- led by former Minnesotans Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells (ex-Hockey Night) -- starting March 9, when its debut album is now set to be released digitally via Astralwerks/DFA Records (physical release is May 4). DFA is the label run by LCD Soundsystem genuis James Murphy, who produced Free Energy's disc. Murphy says in the album's hype materials, "I loved making that record. It was so good to record guitars again. I kind of forgot that I used to be really good at that -- recording guitars." 

Click here to hear another track off the album, "Hope Child," available as a free download. The quintet will be back in Minneapolis on March 3 for a sure-to-sell-out 7th Street Entry show opening for Foreign Born -- actually a great band, but I bet folks will start streaming out early on that one.

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