Review: Marauder by Interpol

Marauder by InterpolSo, Interpol. They’re chugging around but we tend to take these guys for granted for some reason. With the narrative around the release of their sixth album Marauder focusing on how they, alongside their contemporaries in the 2000s New York indie rock scene, have to deal with being less prominent in this age, this album reads a bit like another attempt at rejuvenation for the band. This record, then, clearly shows a band in transition. On one hand, a part of me feels they could have done more to really grab my attention: this still feels comfortably like an Interpol record, meaning, it feels a bit of a time warp. On the other hand, getting Dave Fridmann on as producer – having a man known for (relatively) bright sounds working on a typically cold and mechanical band – has invigorated their sound, at least incrementally. It just feels a little warmer, and along with the decision to be more topical and more autobiographical thematically, Marauder feels it can speak to you now rather than extol the glories (or otherwise) of the past. Now, I’m not sure if this reads as another bid at world domination; maybe the time for that is done. Still, a good effort which should attract new fans and keep old ones alike. [NB]3/5

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