Artists of the week: Spoon
Spoon is an American indie pop-rock band from Austin, Texas, composed of Britt Daniel (vocals, guitar), Jim Eno (drums) and multi-instrumentalists Rob Pope, Eric Harvey and Alex Fischel. Born from the ashes of Alien Beats, the band is primarily the result of the long running collaboration between Britt Daniel and Jim Eno, who quickly turned an underground cult band to one of the most commercially and critically acclaimed US rock acts.
From their sophomore classic post post-punk classic A Series of Sneaks (1998) to their unbeatable streak of five spotless records for Merge Records (2001’s Girls Can Tell and 2002’s Kill The Moonlight remain two absolute touchstones of post-Pixies indie sound), their discography showcases a band with the rare ability to balance songwriting with affectation, attention to detail with minimalist values, hooks with experimentation and spontaneity with high production values.
They Want My Soul, Spoon’s long-awaited new record is miles away from the self-consciously lo-fidelity of 2010’s vastly underrated Transference and sounds definitely as the perfect follow-up to their 2007’s opus Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga: bright, booming, edgy and perversely formal. One of the very few bands that hasn’t stop improving with age after two decades.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.