Released by Matador
The ever-present longing of Paul Banks’ unmistakable baritone hits all the right notes on Interpol’s self-titled fourth album. His gothic wails dissect with precision on top of reverbed guitars, stellar drums, layered piano and synths. The moody atmospherics of Interpol were recorded prior to Carlos D leaving the band and his signature bass lines, which remain among the most intriguing in modern rock, are among the record’s many high points. Interpol stands apart from the band’s previous releases by way of sonic experimentation while maintaining the brilliant melody and verve that has garnered them such a fervent following over the past decade. Those disappointed with the stylistic departure of 2007’s Our Love To Admire will be pleased with the direction taken on the new record thanks in part to the wizardry of mixer Alan Moulder. Piano-laced tracks like “Memory Serves” and “Summer Well” contain a fullness of sound worthy of both introspection and radio play.