Yo La Tengo - Fade

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Fade is the thirteenth studio album by American indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released in January 2013 via Matador Records.

Yo La Tengo (often abbreviated as YLT formed in New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals). In 2015, original guitarist Dave Schramm rejoined the band and appears on their fourteenth album, Stuff Like That There.

Despite achieving limited mainstream success, Yo La Tengo has been called "the quintessential critics' band" and maintains a strong cult following. Though they mostly play original material, Yo La Tengo is renowned for its encyclopedic repertoire of cover songs both in live performance and on record.

Fade kicks off with an expansive meditation, both literal and figurative. “Ohm” is an ode to “nothing ever stay[ing] the same” and the beauty of change, yet over the course of nearly thirty years, the Hoboken indie vets have been remarkable in their consistency. They’ve maintained the same trio of principals since 1992, and they embody a counter-narrative to the burn-out/fade-away divide in rock history. Not only is there a middle ground, but there’s supreme pleasure in this kind of workmanlike attitude.

Suffice to say, they’re an anachronistic band. Like most of Yo La Tengo’s albums, Fade unfolds very gradually, only revealing itself with repeated listens. Still, there’s heaviness to their songs. “Ohm” deals with some pretty big spiritual themes, punctuated by Hubley’s driving beat and Kaplan’s characteristic guitar shredding. On “Is That Enough”, Kaplan wonders if his single-minded love fits the title phrase before resolving “it’s not enough / if it’s unclear the way I feel for you.” That complex dialogue is tough to tease out, juxtaposed as it is against the song’s baroque pop window dressing.

Yo La Tengo’s career has long been marked by an anything-goes attitude. Their yearly Hanukkah shows are legendary for the band’s encyclopedic cover song repertoire and rolodex of famous friends, and their garage-punk alter ego Condo Fucks lets them burn off some steam every now and then. They even get to indulge in a variety of sounds and styles on their albums, and Fade is no different. The ‘60s soul-pop of “Well You Better” is a nice early highlight and it’s made even better by its inclusion right next to “Paddle Forward”, wherein the band indulges the noisiness of their early ‘90s days.  “I’ll Be Around” is them trying on psych-folk for a spell, marrying one of Kaplan’s dancing guitar lines to a subtle drone, and his understated solo on the motorik of “Stupid Things” is a welcome addition to the Library Of Great Ira Kaplan Guitar Solos. Perhaps it’s this sense of adventure that keeps the band grounded and rock-solid after all these years.

Check out the tracks: Stupid Things; I’ll Be Around; and Ohm.

This LP on black vinyl with CD copy of the album is pressed in the USA.












Is That Enough



Well You Better



Paddle Forward



Stupid Things



I’ll Be Around



Cornelia And Jane



Two Trains



The Point Of It



Before We Run


SKU 744861099413
Record Label Matador Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number OLE 994-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 01 July 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 15 January 2013
Barcode # 744861099413
Shipping Weight 0.2600kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, CD Album Copy
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Indie Rock

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