Canada’s Wolf Parade have always had an assertive tone to their music. Over the years, their releases have always stood out among a sea of bands who copped their sound after they’d already moved on from it. With their new album Thin Mind the trio begins to assert themselves even more while dropping a release full of gems you can sink your teeth into.
The opening track “Under Glass” begins with a driving pulse that guides the song. The way the band adds an instrumental touch to the song before the vocals come in, gives way to a more pop driven structure filled with indie gaze. This continues throughout the release, especially on “Forrest Green” where the band includes tons of hooks.
While “Out of Control”opens like a song by The Strokes, it quickly turns into its own thing and never deters. Representing some of the best songwriting from the band, the look inward offers plenty of depth. Where “The Static Age”contains plenty of classic Wolf Parade tones, the true magic occurs with the song “Fall Into the Future.” With all sorts of techniques getting employed, the band travels along multiple genres while adding heft with a vocal that sounds like it’s coming from down the hall. With a pop luster and indie rock arrangements, Wolf Parade sound as fresh and relevant as they did when they started.
Thin Mind is available to purchase physically directly from Sub Pop Records. It can also be streamed on all streaming sites or purchased from all digital music stores. Wolf Parade is on tour January 29 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA until July 08 at Bankito Fesztival in Bank, Hungary. Their complete tour schedule is accessible here.
Image Credits: Photo by Astrid Lyre.