In this age of untethered access to almost anything you care to search for on-line it's a little odd that the UK is only just seeing the release of the 'new' Dears album, more than eighteen months since its US debut. 'Times Infinity Volume One', is the bands sixth album and follows on from 2011's 'Degeneration Street'.
Described as the 'edge' to Volume Two's 'middle', of the imagined jigsaw, the belated release does tie in very nicely with the band's recent European tour and also means that we'll, hopefully, have less time to wait for the second instalment; both of the albums having been 'completed in tandem'. Volume One, the lighter, of the two related albums, sees the Canadian band, headed up by Husband and Wife Murray and Natalia, in a suitably reflective mood.
The ten tracks (Well nine and a 4 secs silence with a song title) switch between the brooding and sinister. From sitting nicely at the confluence of where Interpol meets Arcade Fire ('Here's To The Death Of All The Romance'/'I Used To Pray For The Heavens'/'We Lost Everything') to a more relaxed, contemplative introspection akin to Broken Bells ('Face Of Horrors') or later Blur (To Hold And Have') 'Vol One', if nothing else, keeps you intrigued as to what's coming next.
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