They say, Oh, don’t call this group a supergroup! But I disagree, and there’s a distinct reason why. It’s because each member in The New Pornographers is, well, super. A.C. Newman adds his unique songwriting and vocal styling and he backs it with the phenomenal song-craft and vocals of Neko Case and Dan Bejar (Destroyer). Blaine Thurier is a film producer and lends keyboard expertise to the band, while John Collins, Todd Fancey, Kurt Dahle and Kathryn Calder round the songs out on various instruments, many of whom also lend backup vocals. This entourage of greatness is at it again with Together, their fifth proper full-length.
“Your Hands (Together)”, the somewhat title track off Together, picks up where Challengers left off. And it takes the band to the next level. The New Pornographers have always been a band with the immense ability to create a full, cohesive, and all-around outstanding album; with each new release, the excitement begins again. It’s not necessarily relevant whether this song tops the last favorite or comes short, because you can almost liken the group to Radiohead — you know you’re going to like it, no matter what changes.
Together comes out tomorrow on Matador Records Above photo by Jason Creps.