Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Polyvinyl
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
When you’re on the cusp of fall, it’s always nice to fall into an album that thrusts you back to the throes of summer. Bright, shimmering melodies and glittering synths just have a way of bringing about images of cloudless days in a park spent sprawled out motionless in the grass, letting the sun rays wash over you. The feelings emanated on Generationals’ latest release, Alix, aren’t very far off from that.
In our interview this week with the Berlin dream pop trio, Ballet School, vocalist Rosie Jones exclaims that “being a pop fan is just good fucking fun right now”. I’m certainly a wanky guitar rock kinda guy, meeting each declaration of the end of guitar rock with a chuckle, eye roll, and bit of vomit in my mouth. But, there’s more than just a bit of credence to Jones’s words; the mere existence of pop music allows for unparalleled and seemingly infinite elasticity.
Generationals' fourth studio album, 2014's Alix, features more of the '80s-influenced electronic pop and indie rock the New Orleans duo has perfected since 2009's Con Law. Once again showcasing the combined talents of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, Alix is a catchy, brightly colored affair with songs built largely around the duo's yearning, nasally vocals, buoyant synth lines, and dance-oriented, if not exactly club-ready, beats. In some ways, the album picks up on the languid, late-summer vibe of 2013's Heza, taking it even further with dreamy, melancholy cuts like "Now Look at Me," and the fuzzy, bubbly "Black Lemon.