Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
The Midwest Is The Best
The band has taken advantage of the long player to stretch out a bit and prove they’re more than a pop-shoegaze act, not that there’s anything wrong with that. There’s still atmosphere and fuzz but it’s tightly controlled and the overall mix is quite clean, with the keyboards and vocals turned way up – which is how it should be. Tristan Wraight and Erin Fein’s boy-girl vocals are delicious, with Wraight’s rougher tones complimenting Fein’s wide-eyed chirpiness perfectly.
That dichotomy also defines the trio’s songcraft pretty well, blending wistful moodiness with buoyant hookiness. But the balance definitely leans toward the peppy side of equation – if you didn’t listen to the lyrics, it’s a perfect Summer soundtrack. And even if you do, it only shifts things into maybe a late September vibe and personally, I’ve always been more of an Autumn anyway.
The band is touring like mad to promote the disc but have no Toronto dates scheduled this time out – the closest they’re coming is Buffalo on the 27th of October. Maybe next time, though it’ll have to wait till after their European tour in early 2007. Wow, good on ’em. In the meantime, check out some audio below and note that Spin has another album track available to download.
And just announced – Birdmonster, Catfish Haven and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will be at the Horseshoe on September 11. It’s like a music blog come to life! All have new releases coming out this Fall – Birdmonster’s No Midnight is out August 29, Catfish Haven’s debut full-length Tell Me is out September 12 and SSLYBY’s Broom is being reissued by Polyvinyl on October 22.
The Yo La Tengo Beat Your Ass Season Pass. For $13.99 from Insound, I’d call that a deal. And while you’re at it, throw your support behind their petition to make ketchup the official condiment of the USA. Via Pitchfork.
CBC declares the guitar solo passe.
np – Shearwater / Palo Santo