Furthermore, while I'm being crabby, you know we've flogged the "stop comparing Interpol to Joy Division" line long enough. Can we ban the use of that tired analogy in reviews of Our Love To Admire? Please?
Anyway, we can't post a review proper, as yet. You know. One of the conditions of getting to sit in a Capitol conference room guarded by junior staffers to have a listen on iPods and Bose headphones. (We don't mind, really -- more time to perfect it.)
So, we're killing two-point-five birds with one stone here. Quit listening to the grainy clips on your headphones and wait for the bona fide release; you need to listen to Our Love to Admire properly -- at home, on your stereo -- in the order intended. Trust us, it will be worth the wait.
And to further the joy of anticipation, we've prepared this little primer for you. We're running it over several days in three parts: Wait for the Elephants, No Trendy Réchauffé, and Not waving but drowning/Not drowning but waving. It's half a handbook to influences, half a little tour through our respective CD collections -- 'cause you know we didn't even get to the vinyl!
Variation One of A Prelude to Interpol's Our Love To Admire: Wait for the Elephants
[Deep, wide songs that threaten to swallow you whole somewhere in the middle -- when the elephants, dinosaurs and goblins come tromping through. NB: Please listen in order, would ya?]
David Lynch -- Battle and Aftermath
from Lux Vivens
Who better to set the mood of what lies beneath the glossy, perfect exterior?
The Hope Blister -- Spider and I
from .....smile's ok
Brian Eno and Ivo Watts-Russell set the aesthetic imperative.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead -- Let It Dive
from Worlds Apart
Let's go for a long night drive. (Bring snacks -- preferably Twinkies.)
The Walkmen -- We've Been Had
from Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone
First we need to pick up the stowaways. Is there room in the back seat? Just move the cooler.
Sinéad O'Connor -- Troy
from The Lion And The Cobra
Rhetorical question: Is there anything more loaded, metaphorically, than relating the Fall of Troy to the death of a relationship? Thanatos and eros, kiddies.
Siouxsie & The Banshees -- Party's Fall
Everyone at this party has dead eyes. I want to go home.
Echo & The Bunnymen -- The Cutter
You can keep the party going, you just can't party here.
Placebo -- Pure Morning
from Without You I'm Nothing
"Day's dawning, skin's crawling..."
Television -- Marquee Moon
from Marquee Moon
I'm on the fire escape, having a smoke. Leave me alone, for fuck's sake.
Tanita Tikaram -- You Make The Whole World Cry
from Eleven Kinds Of Loneliness
I'm sorry too.