Are the Bright Lights Back On?

Posted in Music
By Alex Brammer on 23 Nov 2009

Those of you like me, who felt that Interpol’s 2007 leap to major label Capitol Records left their third studio album ‘Our Love To Admire’ a little watered down can afford to breath a sigh of relief. In a recent interview with Paste Magazine, Sam Fogarino has revealed their follow-up fourth album has been completed and will be released in early 2010. The drummer also acknowledged the downfalls of the New Yorker’s 2007 album and hinted at a return to the bands earlier sound featured on 2002′s ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’.

“[The album] was not our most cohesive moment” Fogarino explains, “It was when reality kicked in as to where we were and where we were never going back to”.

This is not to say that ‘OLTA’ was a complete disaster, opening track ‘Pioneer to the Falls’, single ‘The Heinrich Manoeuvre’, and album track ‘Rest My Chemistry’, are nothing short of sublime in my opinion, but the album as a whole doesn’t seem to encapsulate Interpol’s ‘sound’ like the previous two LP’s.

Fogarino: “In trying to move forward, there was an unspoken realization that you can’t let go of your sonic-defining tag. There was an effort in Daniel [Kessler]’s guitar tone; he rediscovered it playing in his loft space for a year without anybody. The quality of that tone, played in a big room, is just beautiful. It creates an atmosphere”.

I for one am optimistic, I just hope Daniel’s tone sounds a little bit like this:

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