I Love These Two New Songs From The New Pornographers

Like a Canadian active weather system surging through the continent, The New Pornographers are a force of nature that’s hard to ignore. This is a band with a ton of individual talent, especially Carl Newman, Dan Bejar and Neko Case, all acclaimed solo artists in their own right. Through six albums the New Pornos have made a home in that sweet spot where Rock meets Pop, largely on the strength of funny, literate, hook-laden songs with choruses to die for, some beautifully written stuff.

Their seventh album, to be called Whiteout Conditions, will be released on April 7, and it will be their first album without the contributions of the eccentric Bejar, who wanted to devote more time to his brilliant solo project Destroyer. The Pornos miss his quirky creativity, but he may yet return one day and besides, his departure leaves more room for Newman and Case to shine.

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The band is a side project for Neko Case too, who keeps incredibly busy with her own solo career as well as all kinds of great collaborations. She is always involved with TNP albums, but she doesn’t always accompany the band on the road, and when she’s not there the band suffers from the absence of her biker-chick-meets-flower-child vibe and more importantly, her extraordinary voice, which I find to be one of the more magical sounds on this planet Earth.

Well judging from the first two singles released from the album, it sound like Neko is carrying more of the load for the band, and I am completely down with that. “High Ticket Attractions” has a fantastic call/answer vocal harmony, a great timely lyric and the thing really churns, just a really great song. “This Is The World Of The Theater” sounds exactly like how one would imagine a really great Case/Newman collaboration. Neko takes the lead on this shimmering pop gem.

Two great songs, both with a heavy dose of Neko Case. It’s a bit of a new sound for the Pornos. In an interview Newman called it “bubblegum krautrock” which sounds precisely right, and we can be pretty sure it’s a genre they have all to themselves.

Photo by Simon Law from Montréal, QC, Canada; modified by anetode (The New Pornographers) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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