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Ears & Fingers 7.25.13

By Jason Leger

On the Horizon:
– LP #4
Last week, a fan took to Twitter to proclaim his love for Canadian band Arcade Fire, and the response he got was more than expected. His tweet was short and sweet, simply saying, “You’re my favorite.” The band replied with the words, “Thanks. Our new album will be out October 29,” along with a cryptically apocalyptic image. Thankfully, the fan spread the word, and the news was released quickly. Not much else is known about the album, which will be the band’s fourth for Merge Records. We do know that the album has been produced by James Murphy, the creative force behind the now defunct LCD Soundsystem, and personally, that makes the anticipation much more exciting. James Murphy recently answered some questions for Rolling Stone and the record came up. He declined to comment in detail due to fear of his proximity not doing it justice, but he did put the word “epic” to it. Murphy also gave the heads-up to be looking for new material from Arcade Fire on September 9. I will be waiting on pins and needles.

Okkervil River – ‘The Silver Gymnasium’
Indie rock mainstays Okkervil River are primed to release their follow-up to 2011’s “I Am Very Far” and their first album on ATO Records. Last month, the band released the first single, “It Was My Season,” which in typical Okkervil River fashion bleeds somber overtones across a playful, light-hearted composition. Personally, I’m very excited for this album, because in my tenure with Okkervil River, I’ve noticed that these guys only get better with time. Every album I have gotten from them has exceeded above and beyond my expectations. The band is going on tour in support of the album from late August to early November. Fortunately for us, there are two stops nearby. On September 19, they will be at The Alabama Music Box in Mobile, and on September 20, the band will be at Club Downunder in Tallahassee. Okkervil River always put on a great show, so I highly recommend catching them while they’re nearby. “The Silver Gymnasium” is out September 3 via ATO Records.

Midlake – LP #4
“We know that we have been pretty quiet for the last… Oh, too long, but alas this slow train is finally comin’! We couldn’t be more excited for the new record and thankful to all of you for the patience and encouragement along the way. We will have news, tour dates, album info, music and visuals to share with you in the coming days so hold tight and keep smiling… Morning has broken!”

This very exciting news was posted on Midlake’s Facebook page last week. There is not much known about the album yet, aside from the fact that it’s finished. I will be keeping my ear to the ground for more information on this.

If You Haven’t Heard:
The 1975

It’s not every day that a band comes from seemingly out of nowhere and catches my undivided attention with one single, forcing me to delve deeper and actually love everything I find. But Britain’s the 1975 did just that. Late last year, I stumbled upon the song “Sex” from their EP of the same name, and from the first listen, I couldn’t stop. Repeat led to repeat led to repeat. It’s such an indescribably catchy song. The 1975 have actually been around in some form for the past 11 years, only really gaining strong notoriety within the last two, following the release of “Sex” and two follow-up EPs. Now, the band is poised to release their self-titled debut to the world, featuring a reworked version of “Sex” as the lead single. I expect big things from these guys and will be keeping a close eye on them. “The 1975” is out September 3 via Dirty Hit/Polydor Records.