Classic Album: Interpol – Antics

I’ve decided upon a new feature. As well as new music and hot new tracks (I can’t pull off the phrase “hot new” at all, sorry), I will be featuring the odd classic album. Far from being reaches back into the far recesses of time, they will be albums that I have found important to me since I first became enthralled by music. From indie to hip hop, it’ll be a musical journey.

Anyway, to start I would like to introduce the marvelous Interpol and their album Antics. Their second album released in 2004, it marks their progression from accomplished, edgy artists to polished musicians. Featuring the sparse arrangements that made them so successful, it is the pulsing bass lines and the striking vocals of Paul Banks that really grab the attention.

It also marks their arrival in the popular market, with the album thrusting them into the spotlight. After a period of not listening to them I played the album in it’s entirety recently, and it is an instant reminder of why such a talented band should not be ignored.

Despite it being virtually impossible to pick a stand out track, I have selected my personal favourite “Slow Hands”. Currently featured on a popular advert, it showcases every inch of the band’s talents. With deft touches and minimalist ideas, here is the official video.

Track Listing:

  1. “Next Exit” – 3:20
  2. “Evil” – 3:35
  3. “NARC” – 4:07
  4. “Take You on a Cruise” – 4:54
  5. “Slow Hands” – 3:04
  6. “Not Even Jail” – 5:46
  7. “Public Pervert” – 4:40
  8. “C’mere” – 3:11
  9. “Length of Love” – 4:06
  10. “A Time to Be So Small” – 4:50

(Image courtesy of Artists Direct)

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