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Wolf Parade on ‘Indefinite Hiatus’

Wolf Parade

Bit of sad news (for me at least) Wolf Parade announced that they will be going on an ‘Indefinite Hiatus’ to work on their various other projects.  While they did say they will be a couple of shows in 2011, there is no time table to return to the studio for a follow up to their excellent third album “Expo 86”.  In the meantime we can expect another Handsome Furs album in the near future so it doesn’t appear to be a bad blood issue, just a creative decision.

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7″ Review: Semi-Precious Stone [2010]

Band: Wolf Parade
Release: 11/2010
Label: Sub Pop

1. “Semi-Precious Stone” – B+
2. “Agents of Love” – A-

Comments: This 7″ of leftover material from the Expo 86 sessions fits snug with what Expo gave to us. “Semi-Precious Stone” has the electronic elements — synthesizer, keyboard, distorted guitar — that we’ve gotten a taste of. It’s a larger than life, mythical tune sung by Spencer Krug. His vocal delivery is especially Sunset Rubdown-esque (in contrast to, say, his vocal delivery on “Cloud Shadow”).  I’d say “Agents of Love” is one of the more passionate rockers I’ve heard from the group since maybe the Apologies days. It’s not especially heavy or anything like that, but all the instruments are very compact, for lack of a better word.

Grade: B+ (89)

CD Review: Expo 86 [2010]

Band: Wolf Parade
Release: 6/2010
Label: Sub Pop

1. “Cloud Shadow on the Mountain” – Krug – A-
2. “Palm Road” – Boeckner – A
3. “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way) – Krug – A-
4. “Little Golden Age” – Boeckner – A-
5. “In the Direction of the Moon” – Krug – B+
6. “Ghost Pressure” – Boeckner – A
7. “Pobody’s Nerfect” – Boeckner – A-
8. “Two Men in New Tuxedos” – Krug – B
9. “Oh You, Old Thing” – Krug – A
10. “Yulia” – Boeckner – B+
11. “Cave-o-sapien” – Krug – B+

Comments: Spencer Krug starts the record off in a manner that I’ll dub uncharacteristic. He does a little spoken-word before singing in his oh-so characteristic way.  “Cloud” is (and I hate that I’ll keep referring to it at this) very Sunset Rubdown. Of course, it’s more dynamic and more dance. I like that it’s instantly catchy. It’s the catchiest tune on this LP. The Boeckner-led “Palm Road” is neat. There’s a lot of noticeable instruments going on in the background — some with weird, but cool effects. There’s also the break around the two minute mark that adds some lasting meat to the tune. The upbeat “What Did” contains an array of neat guitar riffs and a constant drum line that insists on you moving around. I absolutely am fascinated by “Little Golden Age.” Hot damn. Krug starts doing his “wa-who-wa-who” deal at the end and then Boeckner kicks back in with the chorus. Just great. “In the Direction” is a bit draggy, I’ll admit, but overall it is pretty consistent in being that, which isn’t bad. There are things I like. As I mentioned in song reviews “Ghost Pressure” features excellent synthesizer notes and a killer bridge/chorus. “Pobody’s Nerfect” has a cool rhythm section. Not breath-taking, but well enough. Too long? It makes the next song, “Two Men,” seem like an extremely short number. Comparatively so. “Oh You, Old Thing” is tight. It’s a very variable tune. It certainly has me not knowing what to expect next. For now, I’ll label it as a grower. Fantastic ending. “Yulia” just keeps getting better and better as it progresses. Matter of fact, that’s how a lot of Dan’s songs are. Cool effects are also present on “Cave.”

Grade: B+ (89)