Canadian indie rockers the New Pornographers will release their fourth full-length album, almost definitely titled Challengers, this Aug. via Matador, Pitchfork reports. The band, fronted by primary songwriters Carl Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer/Swan Lake), and Neko Case, appear to be expanding their characteristic power pop, folk-tinged sound. “It’s much quieter than it ever has been, to the point that there are actually songs that don’t really have any drums,” Newman explained in a recent interview with Pitchfork. “There’s a little more instrumentation than we’ve really tried having before. We brought in a string quartet, and there’s actually flute on it, there’s going to be a little bit of trumpet.”
Although a complete tracklisting for the new album has yet to be announced, tunes with titles like “All These Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth,” “Go Places,” “Challengers,” and “All the Old Showstoppers,” will join three Bejar-penned tracks; “Myriad Harbor,” “Entering White Cecilia,” and “The Spirit of Giving”
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