Posted by: Jeff | April 12, 2010

Monday Mixtape VI

There are a number of new albums by Canadian supergroups coming out.  Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, Stars, and Arcade Fire all have about fifteen indie urchins each, and they make pretty sweeping, expansive indie pop.  So here’s the Monday Mixtape, O Canada! edition:

Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Stars’ art-pop is sometimes a bit eccentric and inaccessible, but if the new record is anything like 2004’s Set Yourself on Fire it should be good.  Especially if they go back to the strings that made “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” one of the most beautiful instrumentations of the decade.

Broken Social Scene – World Sick

If the lead single from the new Broken Social Scene record, Forgiveness Rock, is any indication, this album could be the best from BSS yet.  Kevin Drew and company have a habit of creating winding, meandering art-pop that goes too many places to be very accessible, but this is a much more tightly-spun slow burner.

Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

Arcade Fire is simply genius, and though I haven’t heard much about the new album due out in early summer, there is no doubt in my mind that it will be brilliant.

The New Pornographers – Crash Years

AC Newman, Neko Case, and company are back after taking breaks for side projects, and the lead track off the new album due in May sounds like a return to form – catchy indie pop that can appeal to all demographics.

Broken Social Scene – All To All

This song is fantastic, and a much gentler nod to teenage love than even 2003’s “Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl.”  This album will be great.


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