‘Fade’ is the 13th studio album to be released by Yo La Tengo since they formed in 1984. Hailing from America this three-piece band has worked on a multitude of projects, from charity singles, to soundtracks, to covers for compilation albums. Originally started by husband and wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, the band has seen a number of different line-ups that have continued to produce records that have always received success.
Their newest album ‘Fade’ is a rather varied listening experience, providing something for everyone. Easy-going tracks like ‘I’ll Be Around’ are a stark contrast to ‘Paddle Forward’ or ‘Ohm’, the opening track on the album which starts things off with a guitar heavy, distorted indie rock feel. Tracks such as ‘Is That Enough’ are pleasant, string influenced tracks that move along nicely, and ‘Well You Better’ is a ‘boppy’ electronic number.
Although every track is different to the last the lyrics are a consistently prominent part of the album. They can often be melancholy, much like a self-indulgent lover. Georgia has a beautiful quality to her voice; although it is not strikingly powerful it sits well within each track to give the listener a feeling of comfort and content, much like a stable relationship.
Despite not being the type of album that will make you jump out of your seat, nor silence a room, it is easy to listen to and enjoy. A very summery sounding album, with meaningful lyrics and a range of song styles, it is worth having a listen to. Yo La Tengo are on tour in England in March, this will either be a fun loving, entertaining gig, or it could be a little slow, the only way to know will be to try and catch them on their mini UK tour. http://www.yolatengo.com/