Recently signed to Sub Pop, Canadian band Kiwi Jr have announced the release of their new album for January.
We covered their last album, Football Money, at the turn of the year, describing it as “an instantly accessible set of addictive tunes.” Having heard the new album, Cooler Returns, which is slated for release in January on Sub Pop, we can attest that they have lost exactly none of the naïvety of style that had them create such infectious tunes the first time around. Combining that slacker Strokes meets Pavement style, the new album (reviewed here soon) should garner them new fans around the globe.
The band have already given us a taste of the album on the wonderful Undecided Voters and have now shared the video for the album’s title track.
And in case you missed it, here’s the video for Undecided Voters.
Full of wry observational wit and pop smarts, Kiwi Jr.’s taut and brisk jangle is relentlessly pocked with humour and an unrelenting verve. Storytelling takes centre-stage to how Cooler Returns lines up. Characters observed and imagined weave through the record, their secrets bubbling to the surface – manifesting in all manner of ways – as the band consider the complexity of their motivations through songs that span everything from true stories of local arson and insurance fraud (Maid Marian’s Toast) to frustration at political apathy (Undecided Voters). Seemingly enjoying the odd flirtation with the absurd, central to the band’s delivery is always a firm grasp of humour as a weapon, and the knowledge that sometimes mockery can be the harshest form of criticism. Cooler Returns is the band’s tongue in cheek sign-off.
Cooler Returns will be released on the 22nd of January on Sub Pop.
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.