Road Records Album of the Week is High Violet from New Yorkers, The National.
The Road Records Review :
"The national finally return with their long awaited follow up to The Boxer from 2007. The eleven new tracks were recorded at the bands own studios in Brooklyn with some extra recording and mixing at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut with Peter Katis.
The album features another superb collection of dark-hearted and sombre indie rock/new wave sounds full of brooding atmospherics and shimmering reverb laden guitar effects. For me their sound is still heavily rooted in the darker side of post punk/indie rock ala The Cure, Joy Division or Echo and the Bunnymen which is then layered with tons of anthemic american rock influences.
This album is awash with lush string sounds, it almost sounds like they are backed by a full orchestra at times. They are still one of the few bands out there who can make dark and brooding indie rock sound utterly uplifting"
01. Terrible Love
03. Anyone's Ghost
04. Little Faith
05. Afraid Of Anyone
06. Bloodbuzz Ohio
09. Conversation 16
11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
Order High Violet for €13.99 from Road Records here.
Official Website : http://www.americanmary.com/
Official Myspace : http://www.myspace.com/thenational
*Julie and Dave's Road Records, the amazing independent Dublin record store situated on Fade Street, survived a closing down scare at the end of 2009 but, thankfully, with the help of alot of friends, music-lovers and local musicians the shop is now over the worst of it.
One idea that has helped the lads through these times is a very simple one. An album of the month subscription. Basically the customer pays a membership fee and Road Records post out their album of the month every month.
Check it out here.