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First Play: The New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions

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By
Holly Gordon

It only takes five seconds of “Play Money” to hear that the New Pornographers are back in full synth force. The first track off Whiteout Conditions, the Vancouver supergroup’s seventh and newest album, it builds itself on a driving, almost frantic beat, Neko Case’s welcome vocals and her reassurance that “for a fee, I’ll right any wrong.”

Frontman A.C. Newman told Under the Radar that Brill Bruisers, the band’s previous 2014 album, “was the first time where I thought: ‘Let’s try to make a cohesive record. Let’s try to give it a sound and see how focused we can make it.' And on [Whiteout Conditions], I think we went a lot farther down that road.”

With the exception of “We’ve Been Here Before” — an echo-y ballad between Newman and the rest of the band — the throughline is often that steady New Pornographers drumbeat, the result of Joe Seiders’ first recording with the band (though the drummer has toured with them for years).

Press play on this album to wrap yourself up in the New Pornographers’ harmonies, and get lost in the lyrics while dancing wildly to these 11 new tracks — but know that the best way to experience this band’s energy is live. Pre-order the album here, and check out their tour dates here.