Handsome Furs:: Face Control out today

Handsome Furs set loose their second album, Face Control, today, by way of Sub Pop. Whereas the Furs debut, Plague Park, was Scandinavian in orientation, Face Control, in the words of its authors, moves on to Eastern Europe as the backdrop for examination. Face Control sees the candor of Dan Boeckner’s guitars filling the void with scream, shriek, sparkle, whine, and vanish; in perfect chemistry with Alexei Perry’s colder mechanized rhythms and other sonics. The album’s twelve track roll off with an immediacy and future-feel, perhaps reflecting the current surveillance society perpetually embedding itself in our lives. “Talking Hotel Arbat Blues” shows an early rock statute a’la Bo Diddley brought into modernity, while the heat of “Nyet Spasiba,” is broken by a chilly guitar break not far away from Power Corruption and Lies. Picking a standout will be on the shoulders on the listener, though the striking vibe, atmosphere, and intrigue of “Officer of Hearts,” may be my current favorite with its line, – “I was lost and found.” Listen to “I’m Confused,” from Face Control below, and if you find said track appealing, then this album will certainly not disappoint. Careful observation is the only key to true and complete awareness.

I’m Confused
Mar 12 Mavericks Ottawa
Mar 13 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto
Mar 14 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mar 15 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Mar 16 Off Broadway St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 17 Mojo’s Columbia, Missouri
Mar 19 SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 SXSW Insound Party Austin, Texas
Mar 21 The Loft Dallas, Texas
Mar 23 Jackpot Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 24 Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Mar 25 The Aquarium Fargo, North Dakota
Mar 26 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 27 The Maintenance Shop Ames, Iowa
Mar 28 The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
Mar 30 Southgate House New Port, Kentucky
Apr 1 Bug Jar Rochester, New York
Apr 2 Spark Art Space Syracuse, New York
Apr 3 Il Motore Montreal, Quebec
Apr 8 93 Feet Eat London
Apr 9 The Farmhouse Canterbury
Apr 10 Motel Mocique Utrecht
Apr 11 La Maroquinerie Paris


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