New Modest Mouse – “Whale Song”

We’ve been dishing out a lot of No One’s First And You’re Next-related fare lately, and the responses remain mixed: People are loving, people are hating, but nary are folks simply lukewarm. It’s hard to chart a winner between the seemingly derided “Satellite Skin,” its more rousing B-Side “Guilty Cocker Spaniels,” and the Ugly Cassanova-esque “Autumn Beds.” I’m thinking “Autumn Beds”‘s new B-Side “Whale Song” will get more than its share of accolades, though, especially from folks who enjoy noisier, more epic MM. The 6-minute song opens with slippery guitars (whale sounds?) and closes with more slippery guitars, leaving an overlapping Isaac Brock with just enough room to get his words in there and then find a way out before drowning. To my ears, it’s the most interesting No One’s material they’ve given us.

The “Autumn Beds” b/w “Whale Song” 7″ is out officially 6/23 in an edition of 4,000. You can pre-order it here. No One’s First and You’re Next is out in August via Epic.

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