Dare I begin with WTF?
Great Northern’s new album, Remind Me Where the Light Is, officially releases April 28th.
We all know Great Northern’s color is Black. There will be drama. Sadness. Loss. Beauty. These attributes have defined their sound, making the music a relatively subtle sphere into which you want entry.
But their upcoming release seems to be what happens when affected, impressionable teenagers spend too much time adorned by black roses and overcoats, lurking in the cemetery way past midnight, titillated by the prospects of conjuring spirits, encountering a bum who’ll cop them a beer and pretending to be disinterested but secretly hoping beyond hope to be noticed by a similarly affected peer.
That the indie rockers, who toured the moon with everyone from Cold War Kids and Spoon to Ladytron and Silversun Pickups in ‘08, are going for a new identity is obvious. Paired with producer Michael Patterson (Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), Solon Bixler and Rachel Stolte have created a big, in-your-face ’80s sound, dramatically soaked in overdone angst and spectral synthetic effects, with a radio-ingratiating mix the likes of The Killers’ Hot Fuss. This doesn’t have to be a problem. Great Northern can do big sound well. But the album’s overall reliance on largesse of production coupled with a sad lack of variety from track to track pronounces the awkard – Great Northern is wearing a style that doesn’t highlight their best features.
Courtesy of Eenie Meenie Records, listen to the tracks (option/click to download):
Great Northern on Myspace.
For a taste of earlier Great Northern, Trading Twilight for Daylight.