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Wolf Parade Thin Mind review

Wolf Parade the Montreal band’s 2005 debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, became a ubiquitous indie radio staple. The band Wolf Parade – Dan Boeckner, Spencer Krug and Arlen Thompson – release ‘Thin Mind’, the group’s fifth album for Sub Pop. their heart, panache, and synthesizers on display through their next few albums, 2008’s excellent At Mount Zoomer and 2010’s Expo 86, and after a lengthy hiatus, they showed more growth on 2017′s Cry Cry Cry.

Their new album “Thin Mind” still comes as an unexpected new peak for the band this album scratches a very specific and satisfying itch for indie guitar music in 2020. Now a trio, the group has only deepened its talents and personal musical aesthetic, while their lyrical themes have taken on both a newfound maturity and optimism.

Wolf Parade seem more comfortable commenting on the world around them on Thin Mind, but they sound just as interested in having a good time making music. The songs bounce and zip with the sort of kinetic energy that’s hard to find in blogosphere success stories still making music in 2020. As can be heard on standout tracks such as “Julia Take Your Man Home” and “Forest Green,” everything sounds sharper and more direct, without being aggressive or in-your-face, as any art-pop sprawl has been replaced with glammy arena rock tendencies. The panoply of synthesizers on display across the entire project, especially on “Wandering Son” and “Against the Day,” are also a fine addition. This full turn away from being Wire disciples to New Order and Duran Duran acolytes provides a resplendent edge.  for Wolf Parade to kick off 2020 with a ten-song album bursting with mature perspectives and emotional heft, it makes even jaded assholes like me sit up and take notice.

Thin Mind is packed with straight-up fun music that overflows with a danceable sensibility, infectious melodies, and overall good vibes. The songs here find Wolf Parade openly encouraging their listeners to make a difference in the world, to work to make things better. As they put it, during the chorus of album highlight “The Static Age,” “I don’t want to live in the static age staying in a place where nothing changes. We can begin again.”

Band Members
Arlen Thompson,
Dan Boeckner,
Spencer Krug,

Wolf Parade will release “Thin Mind”, the group’s fifth full-length, on January 24th worldwide through Sub Pop Records, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records. The ten-track album, which features the singles “Forest Green,” the previously released  “Against the Day,”  and “Julia Take Your Man Home,” was produced by John Goodmanson at Risque Disque on Vancouver Island, BC.

Every moment spent gazing at our screens is oversaturated with content, an ever-accelerated news cycle conditioning our ever-decreasing attention spans. The struggle to stay present, and to foresee a clear, sustainable future, feels very real. Wolf Parade address this phenomenon head-on with Thin Mind, the band’s 5th full-length and second to be produced by John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound).

“Thin Mind” refers to the way that being around too much tech has made our focus thin,” says keyboardist Spencer Krug. “It’s opening one more page, scrolling one more thing,” adds guitarist Dan Boeckner, “and the weird, sort-of hollow automaton feeling that you get from it.”

“This record is very personal, but at the same time, we’re all coming from the same place of a general sense of anxiety,” says drummer Arlen Thompson. “How do you deal with the constant barrage of having your opinions swayed by all these different actors when you don’t know who they are or what their purpose is? There is no normal anymore.”

Thin Mind marks a return to the original power trio of Dan, Spencer, and Arlen, following multi-instrumentalist Dante DeCaro’s amicable departure from the group in 2018, after the conclusion of their world tour supporting Cry Cry Cry.

One month later, the trio got together at Risqué Disque, an old stone barn-turned-studio in the woods of Vancouver Island, to begin writing Thin Mind—emerging with an album about making sense of the present while reckoning with visions of the future

From the album Thin Mind (Release Date: January 24th, 2020

Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade have officially announced their anticipated new release, Its their first album in seven years. It’s called Cry Cry Cry, and it follows 2010’s still-great Expo 86. The album drops through Sub Pop Records on October 6th. This one was produced by John Goodmanson, who’s known for working with Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Harvey Danger, and also did the last Cloud Nothings album .

Wolf Parade first reunited last year for some live shows and a four track EP. Before they got working on the new full length, co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner put out new albums with their respective Moonface and Operators projects. Then they posted updates from the studio, and announced that the new album was finished. They played two songs from it at a recent live show, including “Valley Boy,” which is Cry Cry Cry‘s lead single.

Spencer Krug takes lead on “Valley Boy,” and this song really says “we’re back” more than anything on last year’s EP did. It’s got not one but two of those classic singalong Krug hooks (the chorus and the “the radio’s been playing all your songs” line, a line Krug says is about the late Leonard Cohen). As these live shows have been reminding us, Wolf Parade are not just great pop songwriters but they really know how to let loose as musicians, and the jammy instrumental bridge of “Valley Boy” is a fine example of that.

Talking about this album compared to last one, drummer Arlen Thompson said, “All of our albums are always a reaction to our last one. Expo 86 was about as sparse as we get, which is usually still pretty dense, and this time we wanted to make the palette a little larger.” Bassist/guitarist Dante DeCaro added, “Expo 86 was a real rock record. We just sort of banged it out, which was kind of the point.” And Dan Boeckner assures us: “There are two very long songs on the record… I don’t think it would be a Wolf Parade record if it didn’t have some kind of prog epic.” Considering a major highlight of their recent live shows has been the lengthy “Kissing the Beehive,” that’s good news.

Wolf Parade have tour dates coming up,