Monday, May 2, 2011
Generationals - Actor-Caster (2011)
I was introduced to New Orleans rock duo Generationals by pure chance. Maps & Atlases teamed up with A Heart Is A Spade for a contest to win concert tickets and Generationals happened to be another contest on the page. Intrigued I took to the internet, tracked down their MySpace and listened fully until there were no more songs to listen to. It's rare that I will pick up the complete discography of a band I just got introduced to, but I did with Generationals.
Actor-Caster, the follow up to 2009's Con Law, is a bit more subdued, less dancey but still relatively sunny when compared to the band's previous release. Their sophomore album seems much more focused and yet maintains the experimentation of various rock genres and sounds of the 60s along with several more here-and-now influenced synths and loops ("Yours Forever" and "Black and White").
Like it's predecessor, Actor-Caster is an album that's undeniably fun and enjoyable. It's music from those that truly enjoy what they're doing. Each track offering up something completely new but vaguely familiar and that's how the album manages to fit together. Each track is noticeably different than the others on the album, and yet all linked by the band's exploration and sprucing up of retro-inspired sounds.
Get a taste of Generationals with the music video for "Ten-Twenty-Ten":