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‚Äôs say ‚Äúeventful‚ÄĚ) years, Antarctigo Vespucci have returned from the 3×6‚Äô 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.
‚ÄúI wanted to see you, to see if I still wanted to see you,‚ÄĚ Farren sings, quoting Jean-Paul Belmondo on the insanely catchy ‚ÄúBreathless on DVD.‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúWhite Noise,‚ÄĚ the tightly wound verse leads seamlessly into a chorus of ‚ÄúCan‚Äôt get you out of my head, I‚Äôll listen to white noise instead,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúAnother Good Thing,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúSo Vivid!,‚ÄĚor the restless ‚ÄúFreakin‚Äô U Out‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôre named after, Antarctigo Vespucci chart a map of something at once new and familiar: missed connections, texts lingering on ‚Äúread,‚ÄĚ and the words that go unspoken. Maybe it‚Äôs just a passing feeling. Or maybe it‚Äôs‚Ä¶Love in the Time of E-Mail!
UPDATE: Limited to¬†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 it‚Äôs released.
shipping out on or around October 26, 2018
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive