After a really successful SXSW, Generationals ‘Heza’ (out April 8th on Polyvinyl Records), comes a subtle but significant sonic shift.
Recorded in phases at Jim Eno’s Public Hifi in Austin, producer Daniel Black’s Bent Black studio in D.C., and the band’s hometown of New Orleans, ‘Heza’ finds Generationals more satisfied in writing songs that breathe and grow over time.
These songs show restraint, with hooks developing in the spaces between sounds. The attention to rhythms and textures reveals a more patient band, one willing to dig for deeper gems than in their previous work.
Tracks like ‘You Got Me’ and ‘Put a Light On’ use minimalist electronic frameworks to match the intensity of more straightforward guitarwork on ‘Spinoza’ and ‘I Never Know’, all of them paying more attention to layers and textures than to forcing the hook.
On ‘Heza’, Generationals aren’t so much shedding their old skin as growing more comfortable in the one they’ve always inhabited.
‘Heza’ will be release on CD, LP, cassette, and mp3 in the UK on April 8th, 2013, on Polyvinyl Records.