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Saturday, January 15, 2022

New music from Night Talks, Nation of Language, Broken Social Scene, Gang of Youths, Lucius

Night Talks: On and On

A line in this latest single is also the title of the Los Angeles indie band's new album, Same Time Tomorrow, due in late February. The danceable song's lyrics have to do with repeating patterns in relationships, suggesting they can become a rut: "You and I doing the same dance time after time." Lead singer Soraya Sebghati says: "The phrase 'same time tomorrow' represents a willingness to show up and put in the work to fix or maintain a relationship, especially when you're in a rough patch. Things might be difficult, but that doesn't mean you're done-- it just means that you'll show up the next day and try again."

Nation of Language: Across That Fine Line

This Brooklyn synth-pop trio comes to our attention with a fresh remix of a track from its second album, A Way Forward. Everything Is Noise writes: "Somewhere between Future Islands’ dramatic hyper-earnest presentation and LCD Soundsystem’s bleeding cool self awareness, this trio finds a way to make every note sound warm, infectious, and danceable." The reviewer adds that the LP is "just such a ridiculously fun album to play back to back." Nation of Language songwriter Ian Devaney says it's "an exploration of the band’s relationship to the music of the 70s, through the lenses of krautrock and early electronic music."

Broken Social Scene: Curse Your Fail

This track falls in the category of not-really-new-but-new-to-us - and to most listeners. It was on a limited-release 7-inch during a 2009 tour, and now it's part of the Toronto group's latest release, Old Dead Young: B-sides and Rarities. Review site Tinnitist writes that this isn't just a collection of scraps from the cutting-room floor - that most of the tracks "are every bit as good as anything that made the cut on their five official albums. ... Considering that these cuts span 15 years, multiple producers, studios and lineups, the whole thing holds almost together well enough to qualify as a new BSS studio album."

Gang of Youths: In the Wake of Your Leave

Albums tend to dribble out these days, with multiple singles emerging before the LP arrives almost as an afterthought. So with Angel in Realtime, the forthcoming release from this band of Australian expats in London. This fifth single includes backing vocals by the Auckland Gospel Choir and percussion by drummers from the Cook Islands. The lyrics here, and on some of the other tracks, deal with the passing of frontman Dave Le'aupepe's father: “I wanted to reflect on how I became dependent on grief for solace and inspiration.”

Lucius: Next to Normal

Vocal duo Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig and their band will release their third full-length album, Second Nature, in April, and this is the first single to spin out in advance. The singers also recently appeared on War on Drugs ' "I Don't Live Here Anymore" and Brandi Carlile's "You and Me on the Rock." Carlile co-produced the album with Dave Cobb. Longtime band members Dan Molad (drums) and Peter Lalish (lead guitar) are joined by bassist Solomon Dorsey and other musicians, while Carlile and Sheryl Crow contribute additional vocals. Says Wolfe: “It is a record that begs you not to sit in the difficult moments, but to dance through them.”

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