Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Heavy hitters: Spoon, Summer Camp, The New Pornographers

Spoon - Rent I Pay

Somehow incapable of making a bad record so far taking nearly only the basic indie-rock instrumentation and template to go on, Spoon's eighth album They Want My Soul, out 4th August, is heralded by another chunky slice of charging, stuttering wiriness with big friendly separation in the mix. And, of course, it just stops dead.

Summer Camp - Beyond Clueless

Beyond Clueless is an impressonistic documentary deconstructing the art and psyche of the teen movie, cutting up more than 200 films and featuring narration by Fairuza Balk off The Craft. The only currently scheduled screenings are at Latitude Festival and at the BFI on August 8th, both with a live score by... well, the title of this bit kind of gives that away. Outside the confines of being a soundtrack - twelve new songs, all recorded for release on August 4th - its swaggering title track affects an R&B strut while Elizabeth muses on elf-image and development and fuzzy chords work their way round the edge.

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

New Pornos albums can be variable things, but the title track from their sixth album, out August 25th, matches AC Newman's description of it being "a celebration record", at least on the surface, air-punching maxi-pop with hooks and singalong backing vocals to spare. And Neko Case is back amongst them, which is never a bad thing.

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