Required Audio: Silversun Pickups – Better Nature

sp image 2The fourth studio album from Silversun Pickups, Better Nature, is one of those albums you can listen to from beginning to end without having to skip a single track.  Albums like this don’t just happen every day – Radiohead did it with OK Computer, The Dandy Warhols did it with Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, The Smashing Pumpkins did it with Siamese Dream and Panic! At The Disco did it with A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Better Nature also shares another important characteristic with these epic new rock albums – play all of these albums through for the first time and you will want to play them again right away – they have instant appeal. Tiring of these albums is no easy feat – meaning that you would have to play them an awful lot before you would ever get sick of listening to them. On the first day that I purchased A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out I think I repeated it no less than three times in a row…

The Silversun Pickups have a four album history of creating soundscapes that really take you somewhere – listeners meditatively travel into the deep recesses of the mind. Androgynous vocals, layered dream-pop sounds, perfectly placed distortion and a true sense of timelessness – listening to this album is akin to buoyantly floating on a musical sound cloud and happily drifting away without a care. Better Nature is to music what the steam-of-consciousness novel is to the literary world.

Released on September 25th 2015, Nightlight is the first single (and currently receiving routine airplay), following suit with previous singles that have received commercial success for the band – dreamy vocals, well-placed distortion, and an epic hook – the hallmarks of a great Silversun Pickups song.

The second single, Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance), is more of a ballad (insert montage of young lovers enjoying a lazy sunny afternoon amongst the autumn leaves, surrounded by the ever-fading summer glow), and is equally as soulful and addictive as Nightlight.

Definitely required audio for this fall – be sure to download Better Nature before the snow hits. Take an Ontario autumn drive out of the city, or head to one of Toronto’s amazing parks with your mp3 player, the perfect sweater, Ray-Bans, a cozy blanket and your best cuddle-buddy – surround yourself in red, gold and orange – turn this album up as loud as you can – and enjoy.

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