The fact that Wolf Parade are reuniting this year doesn’t mean the endless swirl of affiliated projects will cease to churn out new music, too. Case in point: Dan Boeckner’s synth-rock project Operators will release their debut album Blue Wave this spring. The band, which features Boeckner’s Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown on drums and Devojka on keys, recruited Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh (Metz, Alvvays, Viet Cong) to produce. Pitchfork shared lead single “Cold Light” today, and it sounds like a New Order song topped off with the passionate howls that have become Boeckner’s trademark. Listen below.
Blue Wave is out 4/1 on Last Gang. Pre-order it here. Operators will tour North America through February, March, and April, ahead of Wolf Parade’s first reunion shows.