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Phil Morrison, who directed the movie Junebug, made the video for Yo La Tengo’s minimal-but-aching Fade ballad “I’ll Be Around,” and it’s a weirdly powerful piece of work. It starts out with Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan lip-synching the song in some beautifully-shot verdant woods while text flashes on the screen, and it ends up with a tough-to-figure bit of domestic drama involving Yo La Tengo themselves.
Pitchfork has a new advance listen player. It’s annoying and you can’t embed it, but at least you can hear the new Yo La Tengo in full.
Fade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo’s career. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and lush cohesion of career high points like 1997‘s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000’s …And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. The album is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadowplay and shy- eyed orchestral beauty, songfulness and experimentation.
“Ohm” and “Before We Run”:
Yo La Tengo’s forthcoming LP Fade is out on Matador Jan. 15.