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Yo La Tengo - Fade

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Item #: 15008363
    Audio Mixer: John McEntire. Recording information: Hoboken, NJ (2012); Soma, Chicago, IL (2012). Photographer: Carlie Armstrong. At album number 13, Yo La Tengo are an institution unto themselves, having perfected their craft of slow-burning, unassumin......more

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Artist: Yo La Tengo
Description:
Audio Mixer: John McEntire. Recording information: Hoboken, NJ (2012); Soma, Chicago, IL (2012). Photographer: Carlie Armstrong. At album number 13, Yo La Tengo are an institution unto themselves, having perfected their craft of slow-burning, unassumingly insular indie rock in incremental baby steps since their formation in 1984. Almost three decades of building a language of wistfully melodic guitar rock without becoming redundant is no small feat, and Fade rises to the unique challenge by striking a middle ground between new territory and recalling YLT's finest hours. Fade is the first album for the band not recorded with producer Roger Moutenot, who had worked with the group on everything they put to tape since their 1993 breakthrough, Painful. The ten songs here were recorded instead with Chicago scene veteran John McEntire (Tortoise, Sea and Cake, Gastr del Sol, etc.) at his Soma studios, and while his influence on the album isn't overwhelming, there are touches of his affinity for orchestration, such as the gleaming strings and horn arrangements on album closer "Before We Run" and the distant trombone on "Cornelia and Jane." Mostly, regardless of production, Fade comes across as almost self-referential before it recalls other reference points, coming closest to the sound and overall feel of their 1997 masterpiece, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. The whispery vocals and bed of guitar textures on "Stupid Things" and the extended percussive jamming of "Ohm" definitely seem informed by territory the band was exploring around that era, though the album on a whole lacks any of the spiky rockers that broke up the lush softness on ICHTHBAO. The gentle and romantic wash of sounds that characterizes much of Fade is more in keeping with the band's chilled-out 2003 album Summer Sun, with graceful exploration of different sounds all reined in before they spin into distortion or clamor. Even the slinky groove and weird wah-wah tones of "Well You Better" are subdued,...
See Also:
Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985-2003, Painful, May I Sing with Me, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, Fakebook
See Influences:
The Velvet Underground, Sun Ra, Mission of Burma, The Clean, Sonic Youth, The Byrds, The Soft Boys, Grateful Dead, The Holy Modal Rounders, The dB's, Television, The Kinks, Love, Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, The Feelies, The Beach Boys
See Contemporaries:
Spiritualized, Pacific Ocean, Pacer, The Glands, Dinosaur Jr., Walker Kong, Like Honey, Cardinal (Pop), Rogue Wave, Kid Dakota, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Eleventh Dream Day, Superchunk, Helium, Dignan Porch, Spacemen 3, The Sea and Cake, The Spinto Band, The Church, The Vulgar Boatmen, Camper Van Beethoven, Rosebuds (Rock), The Boo Radleys, The Melody Unit, R.E.M., The Dream Syndicate, Galaxie 500, Schramms, Throwing Muses, Tara Key, The Sea Monsters, Larry O. Dean, Ultra Vivid Scene, David Kilgour, Viva Voce (Indie), Ride, Lush, Stereolab, Acetone, Everybody Uh-Oh, Sebadoh, The Slip, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, Downy Mildew, Botticellis, The Fire Theft, Guided by Voices, Sonic Youth, Human Switchboard, Lightships, Mercury Rev
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Ohm
  2. 2 Is That Enough
  3. 3 Well You Better
  4. 4 Paddle Forward
  5. 5 Stupid Things
  6. 6 I'll Be Around
  7. 7 Cornelia and Jane
  8. 8 Two Trains
  9. 9 Point of It, The
  10. 10 Before We Run
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Label:
Matador Records
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
45 : 44
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.67) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The band revels in its pop modesty, as beautifully as ever." Entertainment Weekly (p.119) - "New Jersey's indie idols melt icy hearts with a set of spare, slow-building dream pop..." CMJ - "[I]t's best to remember that this is a record about serenity, endurance and mortality. It doesn't just reward patience -- it teaches it." Mojo (Publisher) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "FADE feels like a definitive and hugely uplifting summary of a cult institution." Paste (magazine) - "'Cornelia and Jane' is a classic Georgia Hubley torch song, with more audible momentum and horns that return for a closer with, wow, arena-rock drums." Pitchfork (Website) - "Even as Yo La Tengo lean to their quieter side here, the band's sense of playfulness comes through."
UPC:
744861099420
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