You need to listen to The New Pornographers’ ‘Crash Years’ before the end of the decade
06.12.2019

You need to listen to The New Pornographers’ ‘Crash Years’ before the end of the decade

The New Pornographers
Words by Caleb Triscari

If a track doesn’t have a string section, it usually isn’t worth my time. This is probably why ‘Crash Years’ grabbed me and swung me around the first time I played it.

I only fell in love with the track this year when I dove head-first into the Canadian supergroup’s discography. Spearheaded by unofficial co-leader Neko Case, ‘Crash Years’ places her layered harmonies with Kathryn Calder front and centre, singing “They’re ruined, like the rest of us, ruined/Rest of us, ruined” as if it’s leading to a resolution that never arrives.

Punchy cellos and a bang-crash rhythm drive this archetypal piece of indie rock. I say archetypal, but that doesn’t take away from ultimately how on brand this track is for a unique group like TNP.

As the Pornos move to a more produced sound with their 2019 release, In The Morse Code of Break Lights, I can’t help but reflect on the unrefined, coming of age soundtrack vibe that so many epic groups have seemed to step away from. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for a time I was too young to truly enjoy. 

Check out more underrated songs from the decade here.

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