RIYL: Fake Problems, Power Pop Violence, Jeff Rosenstock
Label: Polyvinyl Records
I use to really enjoy the bandÂ Fake Problems,Â but they broke up, which is sad. Naturally another band form consisting of Chris Farren and Jeff RosenstockÂ 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 isÂ 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 (letâ€™s say â€śeventfulâ€ť) years, Antarctigo Vespucci have returned from the 3×6â€™ 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.
â€śI wanted to see you, to see if I still wanted to see you,â€ť Farren sings, quoting Jean-Paul Belmondo on the insanely catchy â€śBreathless on DVD.â€ť 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 â€śWhite Noise,â€ť the tightly wound verse leads seamlessly into a chorus of â€śCanâ€™t get you out of my head, Iâ€™ll listen to white noise instead,â€ť 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 â€śAnother Good Thing,â€ť â€śSo Vivid!,â€ťor the restless â€śFreakinâ€™ U Outâ€ť 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 theyâ€™re named after, Antarctigo Vespucci chart a map of something at once new and familiar: missed connections, texts lingering on â€śread,â€ť and the words that go unspoken. Maybe itâ€™s just a passing feeling. Or maybe itâ€™sâ€¦Love in the Time of E-Mail!
UPDATE: Limited toÂ 200 / Black with pink splatter (Big Scary Monster exclusive) (UK Release).
EARLY BIRD LP + DIGITAL 180-Gram Pink w/ Black Starburst
Limited to 1000.
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 itâ€™s released.
shipping out on or around October 26, 2018
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive