10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry have traveled a fair amount, and it’s clear that recent visits to China and Southeast Asia have colored some of the sentiments on Sound Kapital. Consider the title, a nod to the underground music scene in China. Consider the cover art: a bridge between Western audacity and Soviet industrial artwork of the early 20th century. On Sound Kapital, themes of struggle and freedom run through the lyrics, and the music is largely electronic (drums, sinewy synths, little guitar). Much of the record was written and recorded on the road, in immediate response to experiences on the streets of Bangkok and the sweaty clubs of Bejing. Occasional hints at triumphant arena-rock are surprising, but effective: “Repatriated” could be a U2 song, strained and filtered through the Furs’ lean aesthetic and penchant for sharp dance beats. Trading in the gritty guitars and unsettled energy of Face Control, the songs here have a smoother, electro-pop feel, and Boeckner has never exhibited more rock-star quality in his voice. Sound Kapital is adventurous, exciting, and maintains the Furs’ glinting edge we’ve come to expect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry have traveled a fair amount, and it’s clear that recent visits to China and Southeast Asia have colored some of the sentiments on Sound Kapital. Consider the title, a nod to the underground music scene in China. Consider the cover art: a bridge between Western audacity and Soviet industrial artwork of the early 20th century. On Sound Kapital, themes of struggle and freedom run through the lyrics, and the music is largely electronic (drums, sinewy synths, little guitar). Much of the record was written and recorded on the road, in immediate response to experiences on the streets of Bangkok and the sweaty clubs of Bejing. Occasional hints at triumphant arena-rock are surprising, but effective: “Repatriated” could be a U2 song, strained and filtered through the Furs’ lean aesthetic and penchant for sharp dance beats. Trading in the gritty guitars and unsettled energy of Face Control, the songs here have a smoother, electro-pop feel, and Boeckner has never exhibited more rock-star quality in his voice. Sound Kapital is adventurous, exciting, and maintains the Furs’ glinting edge we’ve come to expect.

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About Handsome Furs

The Montreal-based duo Handsome Furs formed in 2005 around the talents of Vancouver transplants Dan Boeckner (frontman of Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry. The husband-and-wife team released the atmospheric Plague Park in 2007, utilizing drum machines and world-weary melodies to distinguish the band's debut from Wolf Parade's own output. Plague Park earned accolades for its electronic twist on indie rock, with Rolling Stone likening the band to "a dingy version of the Cure rocking some hipster dive bar," and the growing buzz prompted Handsome Furs' return to the studio in late 2007. Despite initially planning to cut an EP, the inspired duo recorded an entire album instead, drawing upon its recent Eastern European tour for lyrical cues. The resulting Face Control was issued in March 2009. For their 2011 follow-up, the band turned to Asian influences, and recorded Sound Kapital with only keyboards and drum machines. ~ Andrew Leahey

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