I haven’t had a solid listen yet, but so far I like what I hear from the New Pornographers latest album Challengers. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I love anything with Dan Bejar.
AC Newman on the Matador Records site discusses the tracks from the album. Here are the ones featured in this post.
All The Old Showstoppers: “This one has the string breaks that are a direct nod to Roy Wood’s brilliantly primitive string work with The Move.”
Challengers: “This one has a fairly convoluted subtext. At its surface it’s a love song about finding new love out of nowhere and trying to play it cool, do the right thing. My version of ’24 Hours To Tulsa’. When I wrote the lyrics I thought of the Camus quote from the liner notes to a Scott Walker album: ‘A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to discover through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.'”
Entering White Cecilia: “I believe Dan is singing about entering a girl named Cecilia, who is either white or dressed in white, or both. Like all of Dan’s work, it is overtly sexual.”
Songs have been removed. Go to Buy Early Get Now to preorder the album and get an instant stream of the tracks!