REVIEW: Yo La Tengo - Fade

While Hoboken’s Yo La Tengo has been around for almost 30 years, it’s been 15 since the release of the seminal, I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. Ever since that genre-hopping mix tape disguised as an album came out in 1997, the trio of Ira Kaplan, his wife Georgia Hubley, and James McNew have continued to release consistent, satisfying releases about every three years. It’s not a bad thing to know what you’re going to get from these encyclopedic minds of rock -- albums filled with nods to favorite bands or songs, lauded by indie critics while getting overlooked by the mainstream, albums that upon release have every fan asking where it stands in relation to the total catalog. Enter Fade, their 14th entry into the “what does it all mean” derby, and fans are once again left with something truly meaningful, if a bit melancholy around the edges.

TRACKING: Yo La Tengo - "Before We Run"

SOUNDS LIKE: Are you really asking that question? Really?
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The legendary Hoboken trio give us another taste of their upcoming full-length

After giving us a few "Stupid Things" to mull over since September, indie stalwarts Yo La Tengo finally announced the details of their upcoming 13th album, Fade, to the masses.  Due in January, Fade is said to be the most cohesive effort yet from Georgia, Ira, and James, a set of 10 songs more concise than they usually are (only two songs over six minutes!)  It's apparently on point with two of their classic modern day masterpieces, 1997's mixtape inspiration I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One, and 2000's languid and subtle opus And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, equally melodic, noisy, elegant.

With said announcement came another new track, the gorgeous album ending "Before We Run".  Georgia takes the lead here, her voice as angelic and plaintive as its ever been, barely changing at all since she started singing songs on May I Sing With Me 20 years.  Starting with a cascading beat, Georgia is eventually joined in on harmonies with husband Ira, only to be lead out by an orchestra of strings and horns as the album fades in to the sun that's meeting the horizon.

We'll see how the other songs lead in to this epic finale when Fade hits stores on January 15th via Matador.  A deluxe LP version is available for preorder, which includes a 7" featuring their take on songs byTodd Rundgren ("I Saw The Light") and Times New Viking ("Move To California") along with a download of a bonus 11-minute song.