The New Pornographers
Stream to Aug. 26
The New Pornographers' new record, Brill Bruisers, is one of those all-too-rare instant pop masterpieces. Listen to the album one week before its release in the player above, courtesy of Last Gang Records, and click here to pre-order the record.
There's so much clarity to be found on Brill Bruisers' 13 tracks. Voices and lyrics are no longer obscured under layers of sound and production; rather they float above, supported, liberated. It lends a buoyancy to even the weightiest songs and there's an emotional resonance that marries every melody to the waves of poetry and sardonic one-liners ("War on the East Coast" and "Champions of Red Wine").
Brill Bruisers is the type of record we should expect from a band of this pedigree and background: Carl Newman, Dan Bejar, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, Blaine Thurier and Kurt Dahle are all accomplished musicians in their own rights. But consider that this is the band's sixth full-length, and they sound more together, balanced and free of ego than ever before. So few bands seem capable of evolving without sacrificing what made them great in the first place. Brill Bruisers revels in the New Pornographers' history and moves their story forward simultaneously.
Check out the world premiere video of the New Pornographers' "Dancehall Domine" video, filmed live at CBC Vancouver as part of the band's upcoming First Play Live session.
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