RIYL: Murray A. Lightburn, Broken Social Scene
Label: Paper Bag Records
Canadian indie rock darlings The Dears are back with the second volume of Times Infinity, which was actually completed at the same time as the first volume. Read the details below to get a glimpse behind the creative process that went in to it and listen to “Of Fisticuffs” below via the Soundcloud player and see what you think of it. Cheers!
Paper Bag Records is excited to announce the release of Times Infinity, Volume Two, the upcoming album by The Dears, on July 14, 2017!
Times Infinity, Volume Two is available on limited edition clear vinyl and classic black vinyl. Only 150 copies of the limited edition clear are available!
The Dears are the critically acclaimed ‚Äúorchestral-pop-noir-romantique‚ÄĚ rock'n'roll band from Montr√©al, founded by Murray A. Lightburn in 1995, and joined by Natalia Yanchak a few years later. The group‚Äôs attunement to songwriting is shaped equally by nineties rock and a broad tableau of gospel, soul, and pop music.
They released their first album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. Their orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie renaissance. In 2001 and 2002, they released the EPs Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, respectively, as well as a collection of unreleased songs, Nor the Dahlias. In 2003 they released their second full-length album No Cities Left, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW ‚Äė04 launched their international career. Gang of Losers was released in 2006, was well received by the press, and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. A tumultuous transitory period followed. The Dears emerged, stolid, with another meticulously crafted classic, Missiles in 2008, and later 2011‚Äôs Degeneration Street.
The themes covered on their latest work (sixth and seventh albums) Times Infinity Volume One and Times Infinity Volume Two, respectively, are generally ‚ÄúRomantique‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ familiar territory for The Dears; unconditional love, longing, and a debilitating fear of loneliness. Written over a two-year period, both albums were committed to audio over several recording sessions at the luxuriant Revolution Recording (Toronto) and Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango (Montr√©al).
The sound is described by Natalia as ‚Äúutterly chill while staying true to the band‚Äôs tradition of embracing our refined yet sloppy roots.‚ÄĚ The performance that most captures this is Volume One single, ‚ÄúI Used To Pray For The Heavens To Fall.‚ÄĚ
Times Infinity Volume Two, completed in tandem, will be released internationally in 2017, soon after Volume One. The band notes that Volume Two is the ‚Äúmuch darker‚ÄĚ installment of the pair.
Of the project, Murray says: ‚ÄúPutting these two records together was like solving a puzzle: Volume One was about finding the edge pieces while Volume Two was about the middle pieces. It was very difficult to wrap one‚Äôs head around at first, but by the end of production, it just became easier and easier. It‚Äôs a metaphor for life, and our life‚Äôs story.‚ÄĚ
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