10 Fakten zum neuen Album von Interpol:
Perhaps most importantly, El Pintor feels more structured than Interpol. Bold in intention and quiet in confidence, they've gone back to basics here and for the most part, the results are sublime. Opener 'All The Rage Back Home' has already established itself as a live favourite since the band first played it back in March and it is easy to see why. Simplistic yet assured, it represents arguably their most accessible four minutes since 'The Heinrich Maneuvre' launched third album Our Love To Admire. Kessler's guitar hooks rage with a bite comparable to those on early records Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics, and it sets a high standard for the rest of El Pintor to live up to. Which it does, effortlessly. (...)
'Everything Is Wrong' drifts away via Kessler's signature glissando guitar sound while 'Breaker 1' emerges amidst a sea of reverb-heavy vocal and four chord post-punk, Banks revealing "I've seen my dreams deep fried" in the process. Sure, there's a definitive Interpol style which is easily recognisable when listening to any of their records but here the envelope is pulled and pushed, twisted and turned without ever falling apart or losing the plot.
"Fuck the ancient ways!" declares Banks from the outset of 'Ancient Ways', three minutes of nascent punk rock with a Brooklyn sheen rather than backstreet spit and shine. His delivery on 'Tidal Wave' could be described as Morrissey-esque, The Smiths having been an obvious influence on Interpol right from the start as songs like 'Say Hello To The Angels' distinctly suggest. While perhaps the least immediate piece on El Pintor, it sets the scene ornately for the grand finale. Not since 'The Lighthouse' on Our Love To Admire have Interpol dabbled with something so grandiose. Sometime Bon Iver associate Rob Moose provides the stringed accompaniment to Kessler's guitars, the two joining in unlikely matrimony as Banks inquisitively opines "Be my lover..." before the song fades out.
(Drowned In Sound)
‘El Pintor’ sounds like a band that’s remembered how to enjoy itself. It’s a feeling helped by kicking off with ‘All The Rage Back Home’ (video below), the band’s easiest-to-love song in a decade. It’s loud, it’s brash and it’s pure fun. It more or less sets the tone for a record that may as well have been called ‘Antics 2’ – or ‘Further Antics’, perhaps?
After the Interpol-on-autopilot drag of ‘My Desire’, ‘Anywhere’ begins a fiercely strong run of tracks. Each of the band’s albums has a subtle, but vital, advance in sound. On ‘El Pintor’ it’s frontman Paul Banks occasionally adopting a falsetto. It adds a vulnerability that his austere howl has often lacked, with ‘My Blue Supreme’ and ‘Everything Is Wrong’ both yearningly lovely.
Sure, it’s not as good as ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, but c’mon, it was never going to be. But as an exercise in getting back to where you once belonged, El Pintor is highly successful.
25.01.15 Köln, Palladium
04.02.15 Berlin, Columbiahalle