Wolf Parade - Valley Boy (Sub Pop): The Canadian alt-rock favourite will release Cry Cry Cry on Oct. 6. It's the band's first album of new material in seven years.
The Wolves returned to the fray after a five-year hiatus in May 2016, scheduling multi-night residencies in New York, London, and Toronto to support Apologies to the Queen Mary, a reissue of its classic (and Polaris Prize-nominated) '05, Sub Pop debut. The fact that these shows sold out instantly showed that their former popularity has not been forgotten, and an EP of new material followed.
If the new album's first single is any indication, any creative rust has been scraped away. "Valley Boy" is stirring stuff, featuring soaring choruses and virile vocals, guitars and keyboards that lend the track an anthemic air.
Cry Cry Cry was produced by John Goodmanson at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York.
Wolf Parade resumed summer touring with a Seattle fest show on Friday. The band will appear at Ponderosa Music & Arts Festival in Rock Creek, BC in August, followed by North American shows that include nine arena dates in support of fellow Montrealers Arcade Fire, Sept. 5-28.