stream: new broken social scene tracks
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

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Lots of excitement in Canada collective-land as Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning prep their next big 'Scene release, Forgiveness Rock Record, perhaps an apology for putting out so many solo albums without getting the crew together for a big one (since 2005). Needless to say, anticipation is bubbling at this point. Rumors of guest spots are abounding.

Seeing the new tracks live just isn't the same as hearing the finished product, any BSS vet will tell you. The levels of layering and attention to detail are meticulous and deep, with each song embodying some sort of chewy aesthetic you can't quite put your finger on. It probably has to do with the fact that each song is like a really dense cake with 5,000 ingredients all working towards a common goal of sonic deliciousness. Seriously, each one is like a rubix cube you can't solve but sounds great! (huh?)

The new stuff: "Forced To Love" is a jaunty romp into complex equations of "how many guitars and voices does it take to make these sounds?" Drew and Canning seem to have an endless supply of hooks to hide in their world of noise. "All To All" is a nice addendum to this, slower, slicker, and full of lush vocal prowess from BSS vet Lisa Lobsinger (who was with the band at SXSW to perform the song).

The 'old' stuff: "World Sick" is still great.

The conclusion: Excited. Nervous. Confused about Drew's immortal words at the SXSW showcase... "Stop taking pictures. The internet is killing music." That seems to denote a particular disdain for free streaming widgets, no? Am I doing this right? Put away those cameras, you Tumblr whores! Brendan Canning is afraid of bright lights!

Forgiveness Rock Record is out 5/4 via Arts & Crafts. In the meantime, check out new tracks below. -joe puglisi










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