The fall is upon us! There’s a chill in the air (and snow in Calgary?!). Let’s get into it before it gets any colder and we can’t BBQ anymore!
Death From Above 1979 | The Physical World
This is a big one. After being MIA for a decade, these Toronto-based rockers finally ended their hiatus with this record that immediately takes the listener back to 2004 again. To those who remember and to those who once had the previous DFOA record on a first generation iPod, it feels like we’re on our way into Advanced World History in Rm. 202 all over again. Of course, this is not to say that the band hasn’t “grown” with their audience, it merely states that they’re dealing with the same timbre and energy that made them famous in the first place. Personally, that sort of basic primal-ism gets lost as the years advance, and those who do remember, advance farther into our late-20’s. Remember that feeling when the world was in front of you and all you had that you really understood was this music that you could get lost in? Yeah. They’ve done that record again.
Interpol | El Pintor
Renewed energy: seems like a theme this week. Somehow Interpol has released their best record in a decade (probably since Antics) and rejuvenated themselves and their fanbase in the process. Brilliantly minimalist, this record proves that there is still credence to their downtrodden aesthetic. Sounding exactly in their element, Interpol sounds as original as ever.
Ryan Adams | Self-Titled
Although claiming the Smiths and Velvet Underground as influences for his self-titled release – you won’t hear any of that here. Ending up closer to Tom Petty and early 80’s Springsteen, Adams recalls empty ballparks and AM radios while remaining light and airy in production. Older? Wiser? Maybe. This record was made for a reason.
As Ian Gormely from Exclaim! put it, “Somewhere, right now, sitting on a hard drive is a Glyn Johns-produced Ryan Adams record featuring an all-star backing band. It joins a half-dozen other unreleased Adams albums the musician has scrapped or shelved for a litany of reasons over the years.“
There was reason for this one.