Yo La Tengo - Fade
Glorious return to form from the cult indie-rock stalwarts
Yo La Tengo hold that enviable position as a veteran cult indie band – well-earned after 29 years and now 13 albums – of being able to do much as they please and keep their fans keen, be it movie soundtracks, side-projects or re-enacting classic episodes of Seinfeld onstage. So for the Hoboken trio to crowd-pleasingly re-invoke the kaleidoscopically eclectic mid-period spirit of 1997’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One through 2003’s Today is the Day with such success on Fade is a surprising and generous gift indeed.
From the fuzzed-out bliss of ‘Ohm’ to the picked acoustic and synth drones of ‘I’ll Be Around’, to magisterial orchestra-adorned closer ‘Before We Run’, this is vintage sweet’n’noisy stuff. Your love for YLT probably didn’t need reaffirming, but hey, they just did it anyway.
02 ABC, Glasgow, Fri 22 Mar.