Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Junior Boys

Finally something comes along to pull my ears away from Merriweather Post Pavilion. Synthpop duo Junior Boys have a new album, Begone Dull Care, arriving via Domino in their native Canada on March 24, with a U.S. release set for April 7.

I'm enjoying this new one more than I did their first two albums, Last Exit (2004) and So This Is Goodbye (2006), with pretty much every song on Begone Dull Care holding a spot in my regular rotation.

Right around the release date, the Junior Boys will be embarking on an extensive six-week tour of the US with Domino labelmate and SXSW artist Max Tundra. Here are a few tidbits from the press release:
"After nearly two solid years of activity around the band's last album, the group spent most of 2008 focused on the completion of the new album. The title is a reference to a short film by the pioneering Oscar-winning Scottish-Canadian animator and electronic composer, Norman McLaren, who was a big influence on the conception and creation of this album.

The meticulousness of film animation is much like the process of sequencing and programming electronic music. On Begone Dull Care, there isn't a single sound emitted that feels out of place or like an afterthought. There is a measured restraint that's rarely employed in modern pop music and it's the precision and restraint in the arrangements that only serve to magnify what is there."
Check Obscure Sound for a healthy review.