Friday, August 2, 2013 , Updated 12:45 p.m., August 5, 2013
Polyphonic Spree’s first original album in seven years is worth the wait
See a live stream of their sold-out show in London on Tuesday.
It's as if we're back in the '90s, when indie rock was just getting its start with simplified, yet vibrant, electro-heavy tracks. This nostalgic approach on Yes, It's True, the Polyphonic Spree's newest record, makes for a refreshing shift from their previous work while not letting go of their rosy-glasses mentality. It's clear that Tim DeLaughter is digging a little closer to his Tripping Daisy roots, leaning more on his hovering vocals than the tenacious harmonies of his trusty, robed choir.
While still lofty and effervescent, the songs carry a little more weight this time around, making for a more grounded mood from the blissful Dallas group. Opening track "You Don't Know Me" sets the pace with a creeping bass and less anthemic vocals. "Carefully Try," a more resounding number, lets the beautifully orchestrated instruments and DeLaughter's sugary vocals shine, creating their own verses with soft exuberance. It's been seven years since we heard original material from the colossal group, making the result that much sweeter.
Leaving no instrument behind, the happy-go-lucky band stretches their spirited legs in "Heart Talk." The tune transforms the array of backing instruments into a frenzied symphony. With a much deeper and more forceful voice, DeLaughter alludes to a Talking Heads or David Bowie track of yesterday. Never knowing what's around the corner is what makes this record work. It stands on its own amongst the Spree's hearty catalog.
Their eccentricity and optimism pop up in "Raise Your Head" and "Blurry Up The Lines," where their state of mind is complemented with symphonic melodies brimming with sunshine. You can pretty much guarantee a good day after listening to Yes, It's True.
Yes, It's True is released Tuesday, August 6.
UPDATE: The band is streaming a sold-out show in London online on Tuesday. Watch at 3:30 p.m. Central Time on August 6 here. At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, fans can ask the band questions during a Google Hangout broadcast on the band's YouTube channel. Submit questions on Facebook, Twitter with the #PolyphonicPress hashtag, or on the Google Hangout in real time.