Algiers -- The Underside of Power

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New album announced a few days back, and here's a mere snippet:

So here's the thing:

I was lucky enough to be sent an early advance about a month back. Of course I was very excited to hear it, that's one thing. It's something else to start listening to it and just spend the rest of the time just concentrating ON listening to it, which happens more rarely (for me at least) than you might think.

This is a vivid, immediate and deep album that I needed as a listen given the state of the world right now, and I needed it more than I realized. It would be very glib to call it, say, anti-Trump or anti-Brexit -- it is very much both these things but it's a lot more than that as well, it pulls off the trick of angry structural critique on many levels and thoroughly great, layered and thoughtful music in equal measure, and there are going to be inevitable comparisons to What's Going On and It Takes a Nation of Millions. For once, those will work, though. And Franklin Fisher is absolutely KILLING it vocally throughout.

More on all this later, but right now, my album of the year, because if something's going to be better than this, whoever it is will have to be working damn hard. And I am ridiculously envious of those European audiences that get to see them open for Depeche.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

oh shiiit

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:12 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Looking forward to this, but the title is very hair metal/Spinal Tap.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:27 (four weeks ago) Permalink

The title is key to the album, and is not a joke.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:36 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, I know it's not a joke. It's just funny. Very "The Smell of Fear."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:43 (four weeks ago) Permalink

that's a lot of pictures of rappers

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:44 (four weeks ago) Permalink

There's a reason. (Had a chance to read over some notes all four members wrote up for each song -- they are extremely perceptive and focused, I'll add -- and Fisher's own notes on the origin of the lyric are cutting as hell.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

How does it compare to their debut?

MarkoP, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:56 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Absolutely next level. This is them building on their strengths brilliantly, taking them any number of different directions.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:59 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Can't help but think that Matt Tong made the right decision.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 18:01 (four weeks ago) Permalink

um wow

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 18:07 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Okay I'm ready for this

del esdichado (NickB), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 19:04 (four weeks ago) Permalink

A new snippet from the title track...

https://twitter.com/AlgiersMusic/status/857254074000998401

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Plus a quieter moment from elsewhere on the album

https://twitter.com/AlgiersMusic/status/856531455043915776

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Mental screwup on my part -- that one snippet isn't from the title track, but another song. Carry on.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

YES YES YES!!!

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And here we go -- full video for the title track:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tracklisting:

1. Walk Like A Panther

2. Cry Of The Martyrs

3. The Underside Of Power

4. Death March

5. A Murmur. A Sign.

6. Mme Rieux

7. Cleveland

8. Animals

9. Plague Years

10. A Hymn For An Average Man

11. Bury Me Standing

12. The Cycle/The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And now that they've announced this, you can kinda guess even further why this blew my mind when I got the first advance:

Produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ali Chant, mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))), with post-production by Ben Greenberg (Hubble, Uniform)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this song is amazing... like, it's even more Algiers than Algiers. The Northern Soul thing is amplified but it threatens to be drowned under layers and layers of harsh noise. I fricking love it and it's easily better than anything off the first album (which is saying something)

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

seriously, this has made my day

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And believe me, this is just a taste of the album's real range.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Damn, this song is so good. That bassline, my god...sounds like "Disco Inferno"

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

holy shit that song's incredible

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Nice track.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The song is good enough I can easily imagine it becoming a left field hit and me hating everyone walking around listening to Algiers. (If I'm being honest.)

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Personally I'd love nothing better than everyone walking around etc.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'd feel very happy for the band.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Damn, this song is so good. That bassline, my god...sounds like "Disco Inferno"

― passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili)

not sure if you mean the song or the band!

i don't get the notion of resenting the popularity of a band i love. maybe because it's so rare. i'm never going to be like "oh god look at all these bandwagon jumpers listening to the insensible eggs".

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 April 2017 21:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't resent it at all. But I do get tired of hearing stuff sometimes, and when everyone else is listening to the same thing it (selfishly) impairs my own enjoyment. Like, I can't think of the last time I played Phoenix. (sorry Phoenix)

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 April 2017 21:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xp the song (hence the quotes), but lol

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 April 2017 21:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Josh, when these guys blow up you can make fun of the song by calling it The Underpants of Power or something

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 April 2017 21:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

many options available to you. including continuing to listen to them.

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 April 2017 21:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't resent it at all. But I do get tired of hearing stuff sometimes, and when everyone else is listening to the same thing it (selfishly) impairs my own enjoyment. Like, I can't think of the last time I played Phoenix. (sorry Phoenix)

― Josh in Chicago

man i can't remember the last time i listened to phoenix either. i think i will listen to "wolfgang amadeus phoenix" now. (honestly if they hadn't broken through i probably never would have heard them, considering i didn't mess with "buzz" indie during the time period in question.)

i guess i haven't ever really had that experience, of seeing a band where i'm the only person on the block who knows about them, to the point where i think of them as "my" band, starts getting played in chain restaurants as background music. but i also don't have that sense of possessiveness, of thinking of a band as "my" band.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 April 2017 22:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That said, there is nothing I like better than a good band that gets the success it deserves (like Spoon, Phoenix, the xx, etc., and hopefully Algiers). It's neat when meritocracy works. Though just a few years when the same five or so albums ended up on the top of so many year end lists, I presume for being good albums, many on ilx mocked them and the publications that praised them, but I suppose that's ilx for you.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 April 2017 22:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

couple of uk tour dates announced as a warm up to the depeche mode shows:

Jun 06 Patterns / Brighton, United Kingdom
Jun 07 Shacklewell Arms / London, United Kingdom

http://algierstheband.com/

del esdichado (NickB), Friday, 28 April 2017 09:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this song is so so good.. I can't believe...

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 28 April 2017 10:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

pre ordered the vinyl

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 28 April 2017 11:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i don't like this quite as much as Black Eunuch from the debut but this is very promising

ufo, Friday, 28 April 2017 11:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

apaprently DM is touring with Warpaint and not Algiers for most of North America :/

a landlocked exclave (mh), Friday, 28 April 2017 13:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i don't get the notion of resenting the popularity of a band i love. maybe because it's so rare. i'm never going to be like "oh god look at all these bandwagon jumpers listening to the insensible eggs".

― increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:40 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I don't resent it at all. But I do get tired of hearing stuff sometimes, and when everyone else is listening to the same thing it (selfishly) impairs my own enjoyment. Like, I can't think of the last time I played Phoenix. (sorry Phoenix)

― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:50 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

um guys...like i wouldn't really worry too much about having to hear algiers from every passing car this summer

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 April 2017 14:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

nice song. The chorus has a "Get Ready" sound to it.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Friday, 28 April 2017 14:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

apaprently DM is touring with Warpaint and not Algiers for most of North America :/

Yup, that's what I've learned too. Pity, but I can't wait for the standalone tour. (And I like Warpaint so everyone wins.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 28 April 2017 14:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, no big deal, I was just hopeful

a landlocked exclave (mh), Friday, 28 April 2017 14:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I really like Warpaint but they were a muddled mess when I saw them open for Nick Cave

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 April 2017 15:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

nice series of opening gigs they've got there

a landlocked exclave (mh), Friday, 28 April 2017 15:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this has leaked. holy shit.

Cyborg Kickboxer (rushomancy), Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:40 (six days ago) Permalink

Well that's highly unfortunate. (I mean, yes, it is great, but c'mon, a month out?)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:50 (six days ago) Permalink


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