Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Comeback Single: Modest Mouse's "Lampshades on Fire"

I was tied up with too many things to comment on this huge new track yesterday, and it pained me, because I must have listened to it 20 times - all the while with a huge smile on my face, because Modest Mouse are so, so back.

Since The Lonesome Crowded West, Modest Mouse have been a unique staple in my musical diet; adding that dose of feisty quirk into my adolescent rock rotation. As is the case with most of my favourite bands, the first time I heard Isaac Brock's theatrical growl paired with surprisingly gorgeous melodies, I remember thinking I'd never heard anything like it. And I also remember thinking I'd likely never hear anything like it again.

Over seven years (!) since their last release (they did contribute a wonderful track to the 2011 Buddy Holly tribute, however), I still haven't heard a group match their playful, yet profound and experimental, indie-rock. Yesterday, the band quenched our need for more Mouse with the comeback single, "Lampshades on Fire," and unlike some of 2007's tracks, this one is both lyrically and instrumentally classic Modest Mouse. Brock reflects hurriedly about life's progression while the funky guitars and piano waltz beneath him - and we all leave perfectly satisfied.

Watch out for the band's sixth studio album, Strangers to Ourselves, on March 3.

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