Okay, so Wolf Parade isn’t a band I would consider among my favorites, but whenever I’ve got the ol’ iPod shuffling along and a song from their 2005 debut Apologies To The Queen Mary comes on, it always seems to catch my attention and make me think, “I should listen to more Wolf Parade,” and then I never seem to get around to it. So it is only fitting and totally unsurprising that I’ve only recently gotten around to listening to Wolf Parade’s latest album, At Mount Zoomer. It’s darker and a little more adventurous (challenging) than Apologies… but still sounds like the noisy slacker pseudo-baroque indie rock that made songwriters and frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner slightly famous with the Pitchfork crowd. Even so, it is a bit of an uneven and disjointed ride despite the accompanying melodic thrills; an anxious fidgeting record that seems tired but squirming and determined to stay awake just to spite itself. Not that I don’t dig it, I certainly do but perhaps that is why (IMHO) Wolf Parade’s tunes sound so much better and invigorating in the context of a random shuffle.
MP3 | Wolf Parade – Language City At Mount Zoomer
MP3 | Wolf Parade – Call It A Ritual At Mount Zoomer