New A Place To Bury Strangers – “In Your Heart” (Stereogum Premiere)

There’s no denying “It Is Nothing,” the opening shoe-gaze anthem on A Place To Bury Stranger’s sophomore album Exploding Head, is a massive nod to My Bloody Valentine: From the title’s echo of Isn’t Anything to the swirl of overdriven guitars, the Brooklyn trio offers up a tight homage to Kevin Shields & Co. before shifting into the darker, bleaker direction of “In Your Heart.” It’s a great, somehow moving transition. There a bunch of these moments across the 10 tracks: For this and other reasons the album really needs to be heard in its entirety. (And on good, loud speakers: Oliver Ackermann takes the name of his Death By Audio effects pedals and this Exploding Head title seriously.) For now, listen to “In Your Heart” with it’s clanging Joy Division forward motion. We can all fill in the blanks later.

The tracklist:

01 “It Is Nothing”
02 “In Your Heart”
03 “Lost Feeling”
04 “Deadbeat”
05 “Keep Slipping Away”
06 “Ego Death”
07 “Smile When You Smile”
08 “Everything Always Goes Wrong”
09 “Exploding Head”
10 “I Live My Life to Stand in the Shadow of Your Heart”

Exploding Head is out 10/6 via Mute. There’s a fairly extensive North American tour associated with it:

10/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s #
10/05 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel #
10/06 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 #
10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
10/08 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder #
10/09 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks #
10/10 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
10/11 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
10/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush #
10/15 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah #
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo #
10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent %
10/18 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge %
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café %
10/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret %
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge %
10/23 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge %
10/25 – Sr. Louis, MO @ Firebird %
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door &
10/27 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club &
10/28 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore &
10/29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom &
10/30 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs &

# w/ Darker My Love and All The Saints
% w/ All The Saints
& w/ Dead Confederate and All The Saints