(2013) Heza

Generationals

... read moreGenerationals' 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...

34′:16″ 10 Songs

1
Spinoza
Generationals
3:29
2
Extra Free Year
Generationals
3:21
3
Say When
Generationals
2:32
4
You Got Me
Generationals
4:54
5
Put A Light On
Generationals
3:44
6
I Never Know
Generationals
3:14
7
Awake
Generationals
3:34
8
Kemal
Generationals
3:09
9
I Used To Let You Get To Me
Generationals
2:41
10
Durga Ii
Generationals
3:38
Released 02 April 2013, 2012 Polyvinyl Records

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. ~ Matt Collar