Song of the Day: “One Kind Of Solomon”

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The New Pornographers have released a third single for their upcoming album, “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights”. As you might be able to tell from the title, “One Kind Of Solomon” gets a bit biblical.

So far this week, we’ve been taking a look at some of the latest album and single releases. On Monday, we covered the Pixies’ latest album, “Beneath the Eyrie”, and looked at the song “Silver Bullet”. Yesterday, we listened to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s “Mars For the Rich” from their summer album, “Infest the Rat’s Nest”.

Today, we’re keeping it going with another new single from The New Pornographers’ upcoming album, “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights”, set to release on September 27th via Collected Works and Concord Records. While that’s still a ways away, we’ve at least got another piece of the album to tide us over.

But before we get into the song itself, let’s go over everything we know so far about The New Pornographers’ new album.

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.

Not much is known so far about the album’s content other then the other two previously released singles, “Falling Down the Stairs Of Your Smile”, and “Surprise Knock”. However, in a press release, vocalist and guitarist A.C. Newman shared 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. 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.'”

One Kind Of Solomon

“One Kind Of Solomon” has a heavy, wall of sound quality to it, in that it’s a song full of harmonious chaos. The heavy and insistent drumbeat in it gives the single an arena-rock feel, periodically punctuated with a squeaky, synth dissonance.

Still, despite its eccentricities (or perhaps because of them), “One Kind Of Solomon” maintains the trademark New Pornographers stamp on it. Maybe it’s A.C. Newman’s familiar voice, or the carefully crafted atmosphere of often-used synth tones. Whatever the case, if you’re familiar with The New Pornographers, you’d never mistake this as a song written by anyone else.

In another statement, A.C. Newman comments on the instrumental elements in “One Kind Of Solomon”, as well as the album as a whole.

“In terms of keyboards, this record has such a Kathryn Calder stamp. There was a point where she started playing this part on ‘Solomon’ and I feel like it just changed the record. When I heard what she did with it, I said, ‘Do this on every song.’”

Lyrics

The New Pornographers have written some of my favorite lyrics. In “One Kind Of Solomon”, they get biblical, while also commenting on society and culture. Here’s one particularly poignant stanza.

“These are bad signs, while rivers of bad wine are poured down our culture
Blood’s what we draw here, as we skip to the best bits
Trying to mess with the names on the guest list
Waiting for screen time, waiting for starlight, waiting to skip line, waiting for starlight,
Waiting for checkmate, wanting to get straight”

Final Thoughts

While I can’t honestly say that “One Kind Of Solomon” is my favorite New Pornographers song, it’s still solid. The melody is catchy, and there’s enough variation in the instrumentation to keep me interested. It does, however, make me more anxious to hear the rest of the album. Typically for me, the singles released by The New Pornographers are almost never as good as the experience of listening to the album as a whole.

That about does it for our discussion today. I hope you enjoyed listening to and learning about The New Pornographers’ new single, “One Kind Of Solomon”. We’ll be back tomorrow with another song to help get you through the rest of the week.

“In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights” releases on September 27th.

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