RIYL: Fake Problems, Power Pop Violence, Jeff Rosenstock

Label: Polyvinyl Records

I use to really enjoy the band Fake Problems, but they broke up, which is sad. Naturally another band form consisting of Chris Farren and Jeff Rosenstock got together and formed Antartigo Vespucci. They’ve released two EPs and a full length album in 2015, and they are back with another full length, this time on polyvinyl’s label. Consequently, the first pressing is limited to 1,000 pressing on Pink w/black starburst over at their bandcamp site and polyvinyl.

Here is a little clip from a writeup by polyvinyl:

…After three (let’s say “eventful”) years, Antarctigo Vespucci have returned from the 3×6’ closet with Love in the Time of E-Mail, their first album for Polyvinyl. While by this point there is something of an established Antarctigo sound, Love in the Time of E-Mail finds the group expanding their sonic palette in exciting ways, reaching out further to unabashedly embrace all their poppiest instincts.

“I wanted to see you, to see if I still wanted to see you,” Farren sings, quoting Jean-Paul Belmondo on the insanely catchy “Breathless on DVD.” The mid-album track might get its bridge lyrics from Godard, but with its shimmering synth pads and Tom Tom Club-esque chorus, its lineage is equally New Wave pop as it is French New Wave cinema. On single “White Noise,” the tightly wound verse leads seamlessly into a chorus of “Can’t get you out of my head, I’ll listen to white noise instead,” a chorus that, between playful blasts of speaker fuzz, will stick with you for days. Elements like these are littered throughout Love in the Time of E-Mail, some flying by so quickly you might miss them on the first pass. And while the raw material for songs like “Another Good Thing,” “So Vivid!,”or the restless “Freakin’ U Out” could have easily fit on a solo record by either musician, the studious pop flourishes here bring them to new heights.

It may have all started on a whim in a cramped apartment, but like the friendship at its core, Antarctigo Vespucci has blossomed into something much more. And like the non-existent explorer they’re named after, Antarctigo Vespucci chart a map of something at once new and familiar: missed connections, texts lingering on “read,” and the words that go unspoken. Maybe it’s just a passing feeling. Or maybe it’s…Love in the Time of E-Mail!

UPDATE: Limited to 200 / Black with pink splatter (Big Scary Monster exclusive) (UK Release).

The Details

EARLY BIRD LP + DIGITAL 180-Gram Pink w/ Black Starburst
Limited to 1000.
First Pressing.
Mailorder Exclusive.

Includes digital pre-order of Love in the Time of E-Mail. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
shipping out on or around October 26, 2018

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