Yo La Tengo
New Jersey indie veterans Yo La Tengo have announced their rescheduled Dublin date for Vicar Street in December 2013, following the release early next year of their 13th studio album.
Thursday 5th December 2013 will see the beloved Hoboken trio play their first Irish show since 2010’s appearance at the Forbidden Fruit Festival. They are currently finishing work on their new long-player “Fade”, the follow up to 2009’s album “Popular Songs”. Fade is due for release early in the new year.
Formed in 1984, Yo La Tengo have undertaken a huge number of creative projects, consisting of over 20 full length studio albums and side projects, including the 2009 film Adventureland soundtrack, a song on the Dark Was The Night compilation, and numerous “request-any-song” sets for WMFU's marathon fundraisers.
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Yo La Tengo – “Fade”
New album released early 2013
Fade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo's career. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and lush cohesion of career high points like 1997‘s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000’s …And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. Fade is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadow play and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songfulness and experimentation.
But Fade attains a lyrical universality and hard-won sense of grandeur that’s rare even for this band. It weaves themes of aging, personal tragedy and emotional bonds into a fully-realized whole that recalls career-defining statements like Blood on the Tracks, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight or Al Green's Call Me.
"Nothing ever stays the same / Nothing’s explained", the band sing in unison on the reflective opening track ‘Ohm’. "We try not to lose our hearts / Not to lose our minds", it’s a straightforward sentiment for a band that prefers private intimation to forceful expression, making the song’s resistance to resignation feel that much more earned.
This is the first time Yo La Tengo has collaborated with producer John McEntire, best known for his work in post-rock band Tortoise as well as his work with such artists as Bright Eyes, Stereolab and Teenage Fanclub. He has helped the band hone a set of songs as multifaceted as they are seamless - flowing from the low-key shimmy of ‘Well You Better’, to the muted motorik kick of ‘Stupid Things’, to the cozy distortion of ‘Paddle Forward’ and right through to the cagey groove, horns and strings of the gorgeous album closer, ‘Before We Run’, in which Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan sing "Take me to your distant lonely place / Take me out beyond mistrust."
Fade's emotional core sits at its very centre with two songs, one sung by Kaplan and one by Hubley. The tender, raw, Kaplan-sung ballad ‘I'll Be Around’ pivots around a circular guitar figure set against James McNew's calm, pulsating bass line. The song's simplicity and starkness stand like a beacon against the emptiness. The following track, ‘Cornelia and Jane’, features Hubley gently singing, "I hear them whispering, they analyse, but nobody knows what's lost in your eyes / Sending the message that doesn't get to you, how can we care for you?" supported by whispering cushions of horns and delicate vocal harmonies. The effect is both heartbreaking and reassuring.