Album of the Week: Grandaddy – Last Place

Grandaddy came back. Last Place is their fifth LP: the first album since their reunion in 2012, the first album since 2006. And yes, it was worth the wait. Jason Lytle and co’s new record is full of old school indie rock, old school electronica, old school synthesizers, yet it doesn’t feel old school. You get a lot of great rock songs, and that’s what you get. No-one could ask for a more solid comeback.

This is not a rock album, this is not an electronic album, this is not a sad album, this is not an angry album, this is not a sentimental album, yet it provides you with all of the emotions you can experience if it was. Grandaddy has a wonderful ability to create an indie album, which will touch your heart with great, simple melodies, as well as creating specific reflective atmosphere.

While listening, I couldn’t help the feeling of listening to Death Cab For Cutie during this album. Maybe it was caused by similar impressions I have, while enjoying Narrow Stairs or Codes and Keys. Maybe it was caused by a slight resemblance of Lytle’s voice to Gibbard’s. I’m aware that this connection is very personal, but it tells a lot about the character of this LP and its ability to create particular emotional relations.

And that’s why this is a rock album (but not typical), this is an electronic album (but uses synths as a help), this is a sad album (but more of a heartache), this is an angry album (but without any of the unrestrained angst), this is a sentimental album (but without cheap measures), and it provides you with all of the emotions you expect that it will. There is a great deal of nostalgia within’, but that type of it that makes you want to get back to something you lost or forgot. There is no desperation in it, only acceptance, a little bit of secrecy, intimacy, subconscious connection with listener/friend/partner, and peace (?).

8m

 

Also worth a listen this week:

  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • Blanck Mass – World Eater
  • Temples – Volcano
  • Nadia Reid – Preservation
  • Portugal. The Man – Feel it Still
  • Earl St. Clair – My Name is Earl
  • Chicano Batman – Freedom is Free
  • Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai
  • Jenn Grant – Paradise

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