Friday, September 19, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - BRILL BRUISERS
There's even a nice, big old tour this fall, although a crack has happened in the ranks since the album came out at the end of August. Drummer Kurt Dahle has split, and that's a shame, as his powerhouse percussion is one of the driving forces on the album. He's the kind of player you can concentrate on, picking out great individual performances within the whole. His work on Brill Bruisers is the source of much of the energy. As usual, this is an aural delight, music infused with a ton of motivation, an antidote to crabbiness. Newman delights in pop arrangements, and creates such great parts for himself, Neko Case and the rest. Hearing his stunning and fun tracks, such as Champions Of Red Wine, with 70's synth lines and ELO effects, and Case just as smooth as can be on the verses, is such a pleasure, as they are just so joyous. Bejar does himself proud as well on this three cuts, including the lead single, War On The East Coast, with a little more edge and some subtle Joy Division moments in there. But it's still plenty poppy, with Dahle's dynamite pounding and more synth. It's quite breathless at the end. So thanks again gang, I know you have other things to do, but your continued work is greatly appreciated.