Loose In The Air





The Double sure have come a long way since their start in 2002. The Brooklyn based four-piece band have toured with everyone from The Go-Betweens and Comets On Fire, to recording a Peel Session before the legend John Peel passed away. Now, the freshly signed Matador Records group is releasing Loose In The Air and promptly hitting the road with M83, The Fiery Furnaces, John Vanderslice, and label mates Interpol. Not too shabby for a young band! Needless to say when their new LP hit my desk I had to check it out immediately, and guess what? I liked it. This time around we find that the band is more focused than with their previous release, Palm Fronds. What makes their new album so enjoyable is the multi-structured dimension of their songs. First off one takes note of the spooky and unsettling lyrics, then the waves of feedback and noise are apparent. Finally, the distorted analog pop is flowing out of the speakers all over the place. How can something described as unsettling and torn apart be comforting? I am still asking myself that. Maybe it's the same reason that sad songs and movies can make you feel happy. Maybe its because The Double are just talented storytellers and take you on an enjoyable ride throughout the album. "Up All Night" kicks off in a melancholy way and then blends into "Idiocy", one of the most upbeat tracks. At times during "Idiocy" and "Icy" (another upbeat track), vocalist David Greenhill inflexions are reminiscent of Tim Delaughter during his Tripping Daisy days. "Dance" starts off as something that would totally be playing at a planetarium while constellations are being projected onto the ceiling, and then it grows with throbbing drums, haunting vocals that are pushed back, and clang-tastic guitars. "Busty Beasty" is another standout track that is at the end of the album and features a fantasy dream pop experimental feel. Enough with the comparisons - its pretty simple; get this CD and listen to it at home with the lights off.

The Double
Matador Records

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