The White Mana diner was built for New York's 1939 World’s Fair as part of a futuristic "Introduction to Fast Food" display. The little white hut was relocated to Jersey City in the 1940s, and it's been a dinky hometown staple ever since. Perched on a stretch of endless Jersey highway, it looks like a little satellite that fell to earth and landed in suburbia.
Le1f has been shuttled here from Manhattan to film a video for "Boom," which sounds like it's meant to soundtrack a glamorous, high-speed escape. The scene suits him well; Le1f's bleepy beats and ever-changing hair are as new as a drive-thru in the '30s. "Boom" is the first single from Le1f's new EP, Hey, his fifth release since emerging in 2012 and his first for Terrible Records, the label run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. The label's also backing him on some bigger-than-ever ventures, like a performance on Letterman. Le1f's songs are uniformly upbeat; when played back to back, they (pleasantly) sound less like distinct tracks than an extended cardio-dance mix.