In House #1627: New Phoenix, It's Never Been Like That
After a long wait between their first and second releases (United and Alpabetical, respectively), the French band Phoenix returned this week after just two years with It's Never Been Like That, out on AstralWerks. After putting themselves on the map with infectious singles like "If I Ever Feel Better," and "Everything Is Everything,"-- not to mention the ice-cool vocals of Thomas Mars-- the band appears to have loosened things up a bit, production and otherwise. The result is an album that, while it may lack the obvious all-star likes of those singles, plays out better as a more consistent whole. The band spends the better part of the summer on the European festival circuit.
In House #1627.
Focus: New release from Phoenix, It's Never Been Like That, plus new music from Yo La Tengo, Nouvelle Vague, Midlake and more.
Pas/Cal: "Summer Is Almost Here" (MP3)
Yo La Tengo: "Beanbag Chair" (MP3)
In House PODCAST #110