Hard to believe that husband and wife Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed Yo La Tengo way back in 1984! But as their latest 13th album release ‘Fade‘ demonstrates they still have a firm hold of the reins. ‘Fade’ feels like a celebration in many respects…of the bands longevity and more so the relationship of Kaplan and Hubley which brings a great warmth to this release on blatant romantic songs such as ‘Is That Enough‘.
Fade is far removed from the territory of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997) and I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (2006). No major freakouts here and even with the opening ‘Ohm‘ which builds to amplified guitar fuzz and the heavier still ‘Paddle Forward‘ there is a subdued feel…but this will maybe be a different story in a live performance. The folkier sounding ‘I’ll be Around‘ is a favourite of many with subdued vocals and lovely acoustic melodies with a harmonium sounding drone present throughout. Hubly sounds great on ‘Cornelia and Jane‘ with the brass sections matching her velvety vocals followed perfectly by the dreamy ‘Two Trains‘ with hazey synths and Kaplan’s delicately quiet almost whispered vocals.
There are so many great tracks on ‘Fade’ and the romantic and personal touch to this release makes it an uplifting album, it will surprise some fans but it also exemplifies the stature and cohesion of the band. Listen out for it in our playlists.
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