So I had intended to bring you a witty and relevant preview of Junior Boys’ latest effort, Begone Dull Care, which comes out April 7 on Domino (thank Tuan for the leak).
But, now that the time has come to write said preview,I find myself incapable- I’ve only made it through the album 2.5 times.
Why, you ask? Is Begone Dull Care a hot over-synthed mess? Did Jeremy Greenspan and erstwhile engineer Matthew Didemus bust out the autotune, 808s style? Have Junior Boys lost their musical edge in the post-iTunes-commercial era?
It’s just that the first song off the album, “Parallel Lines,” is SO GOOD that listening further is difficult. Whether this is a good or a bad thing for our Canadian electropop friends is still to be determined, but I find myself unable to take “Parallel Lines” off repeat. One listen is simply not enough.
I can’t pinpoint the exact cause of this addiction, but I suspect it has something to do with Greenspan’s thin and somewhat anemic voice stretched over seedy Euro-club synth beats.
– Caitlin Dewey, front-of-book editor