Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World

Driving, wistful, funny, sweet and euphoric all at once. My word, what a band!
+ 2023 Record of the Year.
+ February 2023 Record of the Month.

Our second Record of the Month for 2023 was This Stupid World, the sprawling and euphoric new LP from Hoboken's finest, Yo La Tengo. We became instantly and absolutely besotted with this wonderful album, which is proudly our 2023 Record of the Year.

Now anyone who has shopped with us in the last 20 odd years will categorically know this already, but Drift are, always have been and always will be, massive Yo La Tengo fans. The New Jersey trio sound little like anyone else, with slow building epics, woozed-out motoriks and beautiful sonic asides to get totally lost in.

Entirely self-produced, This Stupid World - the band's seventeenth studio album - is such a peach. At just under an hour, it's one of the more concise in their immaculate discography and really plays to their pop sensibilities. Full of live energy, it is a dreamy set with sweet moments and sunshine melancholia. Georgia and Ira swap vocal leads to delicious effect, keeping it all bubbling along.

Very few bands manage to sound unmistakably like themselves and even fewer manage to consistently make that sound fresh and engaging. Living legends they are!

+ Read our exclusive interview with Ira Kaplan here.

• All CD and LP orders will include - whilst stocks last - a set of exclusive postcards illustrated by the band's James McNew.
• Available on exclusive Transparent Blue vinyl.

Release Info

Release Date: 10th February 2023
Format: 2LP or CD
Label: Matador

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