THE DEARS – ” Heart Of An Animal “

Posted: April 8, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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“I’ve been trying to get ‘Heart Of An Animal’ on a Dears album for a very long time, but for whatever reason it just never fit,” says Dears frontman Murray Lightburn. “Now it kicks off and sets the overall tone of Lovers Rock. It was by far the most difficult song to sing for me, as it hits the very top of my range.” If you are a fan of the No Cities Left era of The Dears, this might be for you.

It’s no coincidence that Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak’s eighth album as The Dears echoes the apocalyptic energy of their 2003 breakthrough No Cities Left, as the world post-9/11 was the last time everybody was this on-edge. While the duo couldn’t have possibly predicted the pandemic we’re undergoing while they were writing the record, there was a general, ambiguous sense of doom mounting over the past few years.

Then again, the driving, vaguely psychedelic rock heard on the group’s new single “Heart of an Animal” doesn’t quite feel intentional, but rather manifests as a subtle infiltration upon an alt-rock cut nostalgic for the mid-’00s. Now it kicks off and sets the overall tone of Lovers Rock. It was by far the most difficult song to sing for me as it hits the very very top of my range.”

“It’s a tender, psychedelic runaway train,” Yanchak adds, noting the trance-inducing chorus. “You should be left wondering where this album is going, and let me tell you…it just gets weirder from here.”

“Lovers Rock” is out May 15th via Dangerbird Records

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