February's Animal Joy continues the course on the imagery front, but the music cracks surprising new ground.
The Wolf Parade-like “Breaking the Yearlings” (a reference to young horses) boasts an elastic guitar line and a sense of forward momentum that's worlds apart from the patient, placid Folk typical of Shearwater's pre-Animal discography.
“I wanted it to sound like a band playing,” Meiburg said about the new record in an interview with The Wesleyan Argus. “I wanted a grittiness and an earthiness to it.”
Animal definitely delivers on these claims; emphasizing percussion and ditching more dainty orchestral elements probably also helped with this. If you're new to Shearwater and need a bit more convincing to give them a shot, consider their links to two of Indie Rock's most venerable labels — they used to be on Matador, while Animal Joy is out on Sub Pop.
SHEARWATER performs Wednesday, May 9 with St. Vincent at Bogart's in Corryville. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.