Yo La Tengo

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There’s a Riot Go­ing On

Haunt­ing, soft, and dreamy from be­gin­ning to end, There’s a Riot Go­ing

ex­plores a mul­ti­tude of sounds, leav­ing the im­pres­sion of es­cap­ing to an al­tered re­al­ity. Tracks like “Out of the Pool” and “Ashes” mix their shoegaze sound with a style of funk sim­i­lar to the al­bum’s name­sake, Sly and the Fam­ily Stone’s 1971 record There’s a Riot Goin’ On. Apart from the bouncier tracks, There’s a Riot Go­ing On is wor­thy of be­ing the ul­ti­mate late-night al­bum. Ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled “Dream Dream Away” plays with psy­che­delic gui­tar riffs, and Ira Ka­plan’s win­some vo­cals leave chills down your spine, giv­ing us the sense of be­ing left in a lim­i­nal space. More wist­ful tracks, such as “For You Too” and “Shades of Blue,” of­fer lis­ten­ers an au­ral rem­edy for the heavy-hearted. Ge­or­gia Hub­ley mulls over heart­break and iso­la­tion as she hyp­not­i­cally sings: “Paint­ing my room to re­flect my mood / Fac­ing my feel­ings, a life with­out you.” By the time you get lost in their pow­er­ful sound, these lyri­cally ab­stract songs trans­mit warmth and heal­ing. There’s a

is an ex­cep­tional ad­di­tion to Yo La Tengo’s legacy, a time­less clas­sic. (Mata­dor, mata­dor­records.com)

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