2009 release, the third album from the Experimental Noise-popsters. The quartet consists of singer/multi-instrumentalist Aaron Aites, guitarist Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), guitarist/bassist Peter Hoffman (The Mendoza Line), and guitarist Aaron Romanello (Grand Mal). Produced by David Sitek, the album was recorded at Gigantic Studios in Tribeca.
I purchased this after hearing "I Can See The Future" (which garnered my vote for single of 2009). It took a few listens to really appreciate the rest of the CD, but it won me over. Airport '79 is a beautifully wistful song that sounds as if it was scribbled in real-time. The CD evokes a number of "classic rock" artists. Can I Feel What? sounds like something Peter Gabriel would have written if he hadn't run out of ideas, while Baby Let's get High One Last Time sounds like a funkier version of Abbey Road-era Beatles. I love this CD.
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I pre-ordered Iran's third album on the strength of their first two; I figured I owed them a few bucks after illegally downloading "Iran" and "Moon Boys" (in my defense, they were not easily available at the time,) and clearly the odds were pretty good that the thrid Iran album, "Dissolver," would live up to expectations. Unfortunately, the brilliant noise-pop of the first two albums is replaced with polished, predictable, even boring song-writing, and is marred repeatedly by the presence of that dude from TV on the Radio. Technical proficiency and stupid-sounding la la la's have replaced the diamond in the rough quality of their early recordings. This is not the same band, and they suffer mightily for it. I tossed the CD in my back seat after half a listen. Won't be needing that one, and I won't get anything for it on the secondary market. I wouldn't even gift it to my less-sophisticated younger sister. What a waste. At least I feel better about playing those old, illegal mp3s into the ground without paying.