New Wolf Parade – “Call It A Ritual” (Stereogum Premiere)

New Wolf Parade – “Call It A Ritual” (Stereogum Premiere)

Wolf Parade are finally back. After Apologies To The Queen Mary took the indie-rock world by storm in 2005, the core members’ various “side projects” (Handsome Furs, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, and especially Sunset Rubdown, etc.) seemed to take the fore, but at long last, the Montreal crew is releasing nine new songs on a still untitled sophomore epic.

The collection, recorded and engineered by drummer Arlen Thompson, feels more cohesive, less Dan said/Spencer said than Apologies. You needn’t look any further than catchy keyboard descending opener “Soldier’s Grin” to hear the the mind-meld in action. Also, the Dan-fronted songs are the best of his career (Keep the awesome “Language City” and “The Grey Estates” in mind for future loving). On top of the songwriting chops, the record’s vast: For instance, the 11-minute, Jonathan Carroll-referencing duet “Kissing the Beehive” is a spiraling, operatic epic that talks about holy grails, unleashing lines like “you held your cup in the air and you called it a guitar” before twisting into extended instrumental passages. All this said, the album’s already an ’08 favorite, though to check our enthusiasm, we’ve only been spinning it for a week or so. Today we’re offering a taste, a dusky Krug-fronted rollick “Call It A Ritual.”

Note the cascading guitar shred, the way the voices float together toward the end.

Wolf Parade – “Call It A Ritual” (MP3)

Here’s the tracklist to give you an idea of where “Call It A Ritual” fits into the mix:

01 “Soldier’s Grin”
02 “Call It A Ritual”
03 “Language City”
04 “Bang Your Drum”
05 “California Dreamer”
06 “The Grey Estates”
07 “Fine Young Cannibals”
08 “An Animal In Your Care”
09 “Kissing The Beehive”

Wolf Parade’s untitled second album is out 6/17 on Sub Pop. Yeah, it was rumored to be called “Kissing The Beehive,” but as of today, it’s still TBD. We’ll pass along the title the second we get it.

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