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Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy - new album out 1/24/12

Old 01-24-12, 10:06 AM
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Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy - new album out 1/24/12


"Did you ever, as a kid, want to crawl into the speakers?" asks Nada Surf singer-guitarist Matthew Caws. "I did — here was OK, but there was much better." And that's pretty much what Nada Surf is all about — Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, and drummer Ira Elliot are in love with the way rock music can transport you to a new and wonderful place in a beguiling rush of beats, chords, hooks and words. And they do it 10 times over on their brilliant sixth album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy.

Before, Nada Surf albums simply took on the character of the songs that the band came up with at the time. This one was different — there was a plan. "We've always played faster and a little harder live," Caws says, "but we'd play so carefully in the studio. So with this album, we made a conscious decision to preserve what it felt like in the practice room, when you play with that new-song energy. Just embrace it and not worry whether we’re overdoing it, kind of get all the thinking out of the way."

The Stars has a somewhat more optimistic, more outward-looking tone than previous Nada Surf albums. On the yearning waiting for something, Caws sings, "This new peace/ I can feel it now," and that serenity — and not anger — is actually what fueled the music's extra kick.

The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy continues the notion of music as an alternative reality, and songs as things you can keep by your side for inspiration and support. Which is what makes Nada Surf a truly beloved band.
Got my vinyl copy in the mail yesterday. IMHO, the first great album release of the new year! More guitar than I've ever heard on any previous Nada Surf release, as touring guitarist Doug Gillard also lends his lead playing to many songs here.

Select indie stores (I know Newburry comics is one) will also be giving away a free 5 song Nada Surf Acoustic CD - The Dulcitone Files - with purchase of the new album. (While supplies last, participation and locations will vary)

More info and tour dates here... http://www.nadasurf.com/
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Old 01-24-12, 11:29 AM
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Re: Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy - new album out 1/24/12

I used to own a copy of High/Low in high school. I've always loved "Popular", even though I remember reading the band was tired of the association with that song. I might have to check this one out.
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Old 01-24-12, 02:53 PM
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I used to own a copy of High/Low in high school. I've always loved "Popular", even though I remember reading the band was tired of the association with that song. I might have to check this one out.
For a long time, they were. In an all too often example, it was a song picked by the label to be the single, that was not very representative of their sound as a whole, and they got pigeon-holed a bit because of it. Every record they've done since is exceptional in comparison. If you're not familiar with their other albums post High/Low, you really should check them out. In particular, 2002's Let Go, which is easily one of my Top 5 favorite albums of the last two decades.
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Re: Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy - new album out 1/24/12

Listened to it a few times so far on Spotify. I like it.
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Love Nada Surf.
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