In the guise of indie music, there are bands that challenge themselves and those who don’t. For a while now we’ve enjoyed the music of Canada’s The New Pornographers. With choral pop currents and catchy tracks, they’ve always stood out in a sea of same ol’ same ol’, But with their catchy and upbeat new album In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, they sound like they’ve settled into a sound rather than reinventing themselves. Unlike previous albums that pushed the envelope, in many ways the new album is lots of the same ol’ same ol’.
Keep in mind, there’s nothing wrong with a band sounding like themselves. Plenty of acts have had storied careers and not really changed. However in the fickle world of indie rock, it feels boring for a band to not expand their sound. The album starts and finishes like what you’d expect. With that there are a few exceptions. “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile” has a solid coupling of backing vocals as a driving force, “Higher Beams” has a nice stringed section that adds weight to a traditional pop sound and “Opening Ceremony” contains some of the better orchestrated tones of the band’s career. In the end, the album is good overall, but there’s also no surprises here either.
In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights is available to purchase directly from The New Pornographers website, it can be purchased in all digital outlets or streamed on all streaming sites. The New Pornographers are on tour starting October 01 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN until February 16, 2020 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT. The band’s complete tour schedule can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Ebru Yildiz.