My! Bloody Superlative, Yo La Tengo.

My! Bloody Superlative, Yo La Tengo.

Fade, the latest in a long line of exemplary albums from Hoboken, New Jersey trio Yo La Tengo, remains to this day one of the standout LPs of 2013, and it’s irreverent testament to the strength of said record that Super Kiwi failed to make the grade. Taking off from a rather more shoegaze footing, these few moments may not have made for the neatest of fits within the context of what was, by the statesiders’ elevated standards, a rather subdued endeavour, Georgia Hubley here providing comparably plush backing vocals to hubby Ira Kaplan’s breathy, oneiric and largely unintelligible delivery as Bilinda Butcher has Kevin Shields’ disconcerting slurs on and off since ’87. But whereas My Bloody Valentine embody a real erraticism these days, Super Kiwi – superb start through finish – consistently proves compelling, time and time again.

Yo La Tengo return to London to soundtrack Sam Green’s The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller December 8th.

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