Friday, 7 January 2011

Missing In Action: Titus Andronicus

One final, wistful glance back at 2010 tonight, then this weekend will see us moving boldly on to the coming year in music....and probably plenty more nostalgia, only for previous decades rather than the previous twelve months. 

Indulge me then, if you will, as I lament the nine months spent overlooking Titus Andronicus and their supreme, ramshackle second album The Monitor.

Always intrigued by what others took to be the musical landscape of recent years, I've been perusing the Hype Machine Zeitgeist feature this past week. In amongst those I picked up on myself, those I have no desire to dig into any further (Kanye West), some solid releases that simply didn't get enough early ear time (Twin Shadow, These New Puritans), The Monitor stands out like a hobo in a top hat walking into the Ritz Carlton.

The album channels the working class rock heritage of their home state New Jersey, filtering it through a loose conceptual model celebrating the 148th anniversary of an American Civil War battleship skirmish, and finally communicating all of this through sprawling, ramshackle punk rock that schools most contemporary lo-fi indie rock wimps in the true requirements of the genre. In short, it's unashamedly brazen and defiantly brilliant in  both its approach and execution. 

MP3: Titus Andronicus - Four Score and Seven Part 1 (via Insound)
Taken from The Monitor, out now

Buy it at Insound!

The time has passed, however, for me to wax eloquent about the joys of this release. All you need do is take in the songs on show here - or stream the full thing on the Hype Machine page via a Grooveshark widget - and hopefully feel the urge to invest in a whole new sound system on which to listen to the vinyl version that you're now aching to buy. 

Yep, I am feeling that it's that damn good after just a week of listening. What say you?

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