The New Pornographers’ recently released single, “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile” is the first taste you can get of their upcoming album, “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights”.
Recently been going through the archives of music history, finding old songs from legendary bands and artists, and re-examining some of their best work. But there’s a lot more music that’s constantly being released that deserves its fair share of attention too. There are plenty of great upcoming albums to look out for this fall. So for the rest of the week, we’ll be looking at the singles from some of them.
The first one we’ll be talking about today comes from The New Pornographers, and heralds the release of their upcoming album. So before we get into the song itself, let’s take a look at what we know about “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights” so far.
In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights
Last month, The New Pornographers announced the release of their eighth studio album, “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights”. The album, which is The New Pornographers’ follow up to the 2017 “Whiteout Conditions”, is set to release on September 27th by Concord Records and the band’s own label, Collected Work.
So far, not much is known about the album itself other than the leading single, “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”. In a press release, frontman and guitarist A.C. Newman shares his thoughts on the record as a whole.
“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs. The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver,’ and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that’s good — people might think it’s a concept album.'”
So if you’re looking for a good album to play while driving, you just might want to consider “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights”.
Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
The musical landscape presented on “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile” will be both familiar and strange to fans of The New Pornographers. There’s a heavy dose of ambiance in it, paired with a strong dance beat, wavering synths, and a muted, crunchy guitar. But the presence of A.C. Newman and Neko Case’s vocals have the same familiar ring to them.
While it seems like The New Pornographers haven’t stopped experimenting with their sound, it’s refreshing that they seem to intuitively understand how to play the balancing act of stepping into unknown territory while holding on to a strong sense of a collective identity.
The New Pornographers have always impressed me with their poignant and sometimes cryptic lyrics. In the same press release from above, A.C. Newman also talks about the lyrics and inspiration behind “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”.
“There are so many songs like ‘the something of love’ — you know, there’s ‘The Book of Love,’ ‘The Freeway of Love’…. Then I thought of ‘falling down the stairs of your love,’ and I thought, that kind of works.I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people’s relationships, and you’re trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn.”
“Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile” is another strong leading single from a supergroup that just doesn’t seem to be able to stop. I for one will definitely be getting my own copy of “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights”.
To promote their new album, The New Pornographers will also be going on tour. You can find tickets to their shows by clicking here.
That about does it for our discussion today. I hope you enjoyed listening to “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”. We’ll be back tomorrow with another new single to keep you going through the week.