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Interpol and Alt-J

Monday, July 14, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

Half-way through the summer and September is already gleaming like a beacon on the horizon for me, as two much beloved bands have new albums scheduled to drop. Mercifully, however, both bands have already released singles to help me pretend to be patient until I get my hands, and ears, on the full releases.

Interpol, an indie/alternative rock band out of New York, released the track ‘All the Rage Back Home’ last week as the first taste of their fifth-studio album, El Pintor. The first album since the departure of their bassist Carlos Dengler (who is truly amazing, and there’s been a little apprehension as to what the band would even sound like without him), and following a several year hiatus, I am incredibly relieved at how very much I like this single, and at how very Interpol-y it sounds.

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Released in 2012, British band Alt-J’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, was one of the best albums of that year in my book and has held steady as one of my most played records since. Two songs are actually now available from their upcoming sophomore follow-up album, This Is All Yours, but the first, ‘Hunger of the Pine’ was enough to really wet my appetite – even with the unexpected use of a Miley Cyrus sample.

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