Carl Newman's deftly melodic solo work has long rivaled his charming indie rock with Canadian quasi-supergroup the New Pornographers. His third album as AC Newman, Shut Down the Streets, is due out on October 9 via Matador, the label has announced. Recorded in Woodstock, New York, the 10-song set features New Pornos colleague Neko Case and draws on '70s folk and pop songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot and Gerry Rafferty, according to Matador. Newman puts a lusher, string-draped approach on display on advance track "I'm Not Talking," which you can download by liking his Facebook page here (or listen to a stream below). A soaring orchestral-pop introduction gives way to Newman's twisty, melancholy lyricism: "No one wants to weigh things down / But they tend to fly away / And rescue teams will look for days," he begins. They'll only have to search a few seconds for catchy, emotionally rich tunes.
Shut Down the Streets track list:
- "I'm Not Talking"
- "Do Your Own Time"
- "You Could Get Lost Out Here"
- "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns"
- "There's Money In New Wave"
- "Wasted English"
- "The Troubadour"
- "They Should Have Shut Down The Streets"
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