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Tearjerker, Stay Wild (D1 Music)
CD Reviews: August 13, 2015

08/13/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Tearjerker, Stay Wild (D1 Music)

From the land of courteous hayloft-indie bliss comes an upfitted version of same from this Toronto trio, which took its sweet time getting out this fifth LP after cranking out four of them between 2009 and 2011. This opens with the title track’s relatively powerful fusion of New Order-ish danceability and Animal Collective-type indie-wetworks, an unarguably hooky tune that would make basically anyone stick around for more. Unless you’re keen on time-traveling back to the era when Pitchfork wouldn’t shut up about the “indispensable” Arts & Crafts Records stable, though, you’ll want to skip the remainder. Lots of Versus-level college-rock oatmeal with droopy-dog singalongs characterized by the drearily familiar mating call of the 2008 hipster: five or six cube-droid friends of the band sloppily kludging their way through one-off vocal sessions recorded after getting slightly tipsy on $15 bottles of “pinot gridge.” Gack, I thought this worthless, obedient twee-chant junk was gone forever. What, you miss that stuff? Come on. You’d better get on the bus, because the current generation’s children are going to make Mad Max look like the Brady Bunch. C





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