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.Check Obscure Sound for a healthy review.
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."