#tbt Yo La Tengo / I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (1997)
Label: Matador Records
Let’s face it, Yo La Tengo ruled the 90’s when it comes to indie rock. Heavy hitters with a long history in the underground music scene, Yo La Tengo released their crowning achievement ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One’ in 1997. Spanning genres from Bossa Nova (Center of Gravity) to epic noise jams (Spec Bebop) and even a Neil Young inspired folk tune (Stockholm Syndrome), ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One’ is a a tour-de-force. Few bands can cover so much territory while simultaneously doing multiple genres justice. On Green Arrow, a quiet bass line is massaged by a slow, 50’s island guitar lead. With One PM Again, the vocals are subdued, but seem to fit it’s folky sound perfectly. Deeper Into the Movies they start to move into shoegaze territory, with guitar solos that rival their hometown buddies Sonic Youth, and vocals that are just barely audible over the music, which somehow feels just right. On a personal note, this is one of my favorite records of all time and something, in this humble music writer’s opinion, everyone should own. Yo La Tengo is playing May 1st at Concord Music Hall for CIMMFest. If you have not seen them yet, this is your chance! Go here if you want to buy tickets and here if you want more info on Yo La Tengo. Check out Moby Octopad below.