One of the most endearing and enduring bands of its generation, Built to Spill, is ready to release their 8th studio album, Untethered Moon. The band, fronted by Doug Martsch, create resonate and sonorous songs that “a whole lot of bands might try to sound like…but only one can do it” [Stereogum]. Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Built to Spill has had a major influence for the sound of the current makeup of the CMJ Radio 200 by directly / indirectly inspiring countless bands, from The Strokes & Death Cab for Cutie to Waxahatchee & Alex G.
Untethered Moon is their first album since 2009 and with new band mates, Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass). Produced by Martsch and Sam Coomes – one half of Quasi who has performed on albums by Sleater-Kinney and Elliott Smith – the record makes for the perfect addition to their discography of intelligent, melodic, and lyrically thoughtful records.
The band just wrapped up their second set at Coachella and is setting off on a US tour that will culminate with Pacific Northwest friends Death Cab for Cutie.
“Martsch and his bandmates continue to make dense, driving rock with good old-fashioned chords and melodies, and for this we should all be grateful.”
– Rolling Stone
“There are several dreamy, melodic, mid-tempo pop tunes, a few up-tempo rockers that ponder offbeat, quasi-philosophical subject matter (in this case, zoos and DNA proteins), and there’s of course a requisite eight-minute guitar freakout…Untethered Moon is as good as anything the band’s done in the past decade.”
RIYL: Modest Mouse, Neil Young, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement
Recommended Tracks: Track #2 “Living Zoo”, track #5 “Never Be the Same”, track #3 “On the Way”, track #7 “Another Day”
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Label: Warner Bros.