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Album Review

Generationals' third studio album, 2013's Heza, picks up right where the group's 2009 album, Actor-Caster, left off. Recorded in Austin, Washington, D.C., as well as the group's hometown of New Orleans, Heza features more of the band's '80s-influenced style, with songs that walk the line between experimental indie rock and retro new wave pop. Which isn't to say that Generationals have made an anachronistic homage. On the contrary, the duo of ex-Eames Era members singer/guitarists Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner have a knack for making catchy, immediately infectious music that stands on its own, even as it references a wide variety of influences. In that sense, Heza balances Generationals' more guitar-oriented, Velvet Underground-influenced rock sound with a sublime keyboard and electronic vibe. Tracks like "Extra Free Year," "Put a Light On," and "Say When" have a laid-back quality and a vinyl LP production warmth that combine the handclap-inducing, neon-colored sound of Tom Tom Club with the dreamy Afro-pop of Vampire Weekend. Ultimately, Heza is a nuanced work that flirts with the experimental, but always remains intimate, atmospheric, and endlessly listenable.

Biography

Formed: 2008 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2008 by ex-Eames Era guitarists/songwriters Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, New Orleans-based indie pop outfit Generationals craft hook-filled indie pop that draws liberally from rock and pop's '50s, '60s, and '70s heydays, while maintaining enough modern sensibilities to remain relevant in the MP3 age. Like their Park the Van contemporaries Dr. Dog, Spinto Band, and Capitol Years, Generationals' lo-fi recording techniques are buffered by their advanced musical chops, resulting in a clever...
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