If fuzzy, languid pop with unrelentingly pretty melodies are your thing, you’ve come to the right place. Yo La Tengo’s 13th album proper is more or less business as usual from the indie veterans. Opener Ohm sets the scene nicely, sounding like a zippy Magical Mystery Tour outtake, while Is That Enough marries an infectious tune with an almost bashful vocal and a blue-eyed soul string section. The genre-hopping continues throughout the record as the scruffy, fuzzy Well You Better evokes prime Guided By Voices, before the organ-led chug of Stupid Things.
Tortoise lynchpin John McEntire takes on production duties this time round, stripping the three-piece’s sound to brass tacks. The results are simple, subtle arrangements that highlight their song craft – most apparent on I’ll Be Around, a quietly heartbreaking plea for an estranged loved one to make contact. The song essentially consists of a simple acoustic guitar pattern set against a pulsing drone, but Ira Kaplan’s keening vocal and McIntyre’s considerate production make it a standout track. Elsewhere, Cornelia And Jayne is another small moment of beauty, while Before We Run ends the album on a uplifting note: all swollen strings and soulful horns.