As is the trend these days, the new Interpol album Our Love to Admire has leaked weeks before its intended July 10th official release. After just a few listens, it's clear that there are no weak tracks to be found here - first single 'Heinrich Maneuver' is classic high-energy Interpol, and bloggers are currently going bananas over album opener 'Pioneer to the Falls' and the introspective 'No I in Threesome'. However, in my opinon the real gems are to be found in the latter section of the album.
'Pace is the Trick' nods to the album's theme of predator vs. prey, love vs. lust. Soaring vocal tracks overlap, stating 'Now I select you, slow down and let you, see how I stun' while simultaeneously declaring 'I've seen love, and I follow the speed and the starlight'. The album's flawless production shines through particularly well on this one.
Penultimate track 'Wrecking Ball' is one of this year's best (thus far). Think 'NYC' with less New York and more Cares; while Interpol has always been sombre, the sad beauty here represents the band at their best. Regal horns, a swelling string section and Paul Banks' back-tracked vocals flitting from left to right close out the track in Arcade Fire-esque glory.
Do yourself a favour and pre-order your copy now or trot down to your local record store on July 10th. Make no mistake: this is one of the year's best albums.
Interpol - Pace is the Trick
Interpol - Wrecking Ball
As a side note, a series of menacing video clips featuring prey and predator in their natural habitat has been created to promote Our Love to Admire. Feast your eyes (and ears) on these two: