In SpadesSub Pop Records
By AJ Phink
The Afghan Whigs are set to release their spellbinding new album, In Spades, that will be available on CD, vinyl, cassette and download formats from the 5th May via Sub Pop Records. The album is the follow up to the band’s internationally acclaimed 2014 full length, Do To The Beast. In Spades is a searing and soulful rock effort that emphasises its pop instincts, while contrasting with the seductive themes found throughout. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery.
Birdland offers a haunting and atmospheric introduction to In Spades that’s overlaid with delicate strings, this gives way to the enchanting and heady beats that populate the superb Arabian Heights, a track that was deservedly one of the singles that was released ahead of the album. Demon In Profile, the lead single from In Spades, boasts a piano led melody and soulful brass that’s combined with the kind of guitar riffs that make the hairs on the back of you neck stand up. In Spades continues to weave an erratic and mesmerising path through it’s ten tracks, from the anthemic, Toy Automatic and Light As A Feather, through the unsettling, Oriole and The Spell, to the strident distorted riffs of Copernicus and the dark melody of I Got Lost, before In Spades closes with the passionate finale Into The Floor.
In Spades is an impressive album that recalls the highpoints of The Afghan Whigs long and varied career, In Spades is their eighth studio album that they’ve produced in their off and on three decade long existence, and it’s one that should satisfy their existing fanbase as well as ushering new converts into the fold. The Afghan Whigs were always a band that seemed to be ahead of their time, now with the release of the impressive In Spades, and the popularity of bands that mine the darker and more atmospheric side of the alternative and indie scenes, then it may be that the world has finally caught up with them.
You can pre-order In Spades here
The Afghan Whigs website can be found here