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The Other Side of Make-Believe

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If fate didn’t quite ordain the circumstances for Interpol’s seventh album, it was at least fortunate that the band had happily concluded their Marauder cycle on stage in front of 30 thousand-odd Peruvian fans. Rather than be sent scrambling like so many other musicians on tour or promoting new music, when lockdown clamped in March 2020, Interpol quickly got into a productive mood.

Coming from a group whose early work was characterised by Polish knife-wielders and incarcerated serial killers, you might expect Interpol’s pandemic record to be an emotional tar pit — doubly so, given the presence of towering producer-engineer duo Flood and Moulder on the boards. But Banks felt the call to push in a “counterbalancing” direction, with paeans to mental resilience and the quiet power of going easy. “The nobility of the human spirit is to recover and rebound,” he says. “Yeah, I could focus on how fucked everything is, but I feel now is the time when being hopeful is necessary, and a still-believable emotion within what makes Interpol Interpol.”

Released: July 2022
Cat: OLE1875
Label:Matador

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Tracklist

Toni
Fables
Into the Night
Mr. Credit
Something Changed
Renegade Hearts
Passenger
Greenwich
Gran Hotel
Big Shot City
Go Easy (Palermo)

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Paul Barnsley
Interpol’s best album since Antics

I’ve gone through a long period of thinking each successive Interpol album is like the last one only a bit worse. They breaks the run. It’s Interpol, but darker and yet warmer, it’s the same sound but evolved and more filling of space. It’a an album that demands to be listened to actively and in whole. The rewards are worth it. A brilliant return to form and my favourite since Antics

Don’t listen to what Lee says, it’s a great album. And seriously, Record Culture is a great resource for music fans in the Black Country: so please
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