Death From Above 1979 have released The Physical World this week. Listen above, via Spotify.
The Physical World is the DFA1979's second full-length studio album, following 2004's You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. In that time, the duo disbanded from 2006 to 2011. This album is produced by Dave Sardy, who's won awards and been nominated for his work with OK Go, Wolfmother, Marilyn Manson, Oasis, The Ting Tings, Band of Horses, and LCD Soundsystem. It also sounds a lot like Nine Inch Nails, who Sardy has also worked with.
This album is a raging 35 minutes of hard rock, featuring Sebastien Grainger's monstrous drumming and dynamic lead vocals alongside Jesse F. Keeler's precise bass playing that's melodic and groovadelic. Keeler also contributes the keyboards that are heard throughout the album. While you can hear influences from punk, metal, and hard rock, you can also clearly hear influences ranging as widely as pop, indie, disco, and industrial electronic. Keeler's fuzzy lead bass is clearly what makes this band unique. With songwriting that highlights the bass and Grainger's powerful drumming, DFA1979 have put out an absolutely fantastic album here.
With 11 songs clocking in at 35 minutes, it's an up-tempo easy listen that gets your blood pumping. This is the kind of album that's great for driving down the highway while pushing the speed limit. It's also a fun dance / party album. Highlight tracks include the beautifully dynamic "Trainwreck 1979," the especially fuzzy "Virgins," the socially conscious "Always On," and the change-of-pace "White Is Red."
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