Broken Social Scene: "Hug of Thunder" (Arts & Crafts): After a long period of well-maintained secrecy, the indie rock collective recently divulged information about their first album in seven years. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and mixed by Shawn Everett, Hug Of Thunder will be released on July 7.
The album includes contributions from all fifteen original members of Broken Social Scene, as well as new guest vocalist Ariel Engle.
One new track, "Halfway Home," was previewed recently, and this week the title track of the album was revealed via Zane Lowe’s show on Beats 1.
It is a gem, quickly emerging as the equal of BSS’s best previous work. Anchored by a propulsive bass, it features guitar and keyboard washes and harmony vocals fading in and out of the mix.
The distinctive voice of Leslie Feist carries the song along, through both philosophical musings and intriguing references to oxymorons, military bases and more.
The band here accomplishes the difficult feat of sounding both familiar and very fresh. Can’t wait to hear more.
BSS kicks off a seven city UK and European tour in Manchester on May 23rd. North American dates include headlining Toronto’s Field Trip (June 3) and later appearances at Osheaga and the Edmonton and Winnipeg Interstellar Rodeos. Itinerary here