Junior Boys | 30/01/09

Image: JUnior Boys Joe Dilworth 1 2009

Begone Dull Care, the remarkable new album from the duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus, known as Junior Boys, is set for a UK release on 11th May 2009. The album will be preceded by a single, Hazel, on 20th April.

After a well-earned break after nearly two solid years of activity around the band's last album, the group spent most of 2008 focused on the completion of a new album, with Greenspan working in the band's new studio/HQ/bar complex in Hamilton, Ontario and the recently-married Didemus telecommuting from his new home of Berlin, Germany. The only distractions from the task at hand were a DJ mix for Get Physical, an indirect Grammy nomination with Carl Craig for his incredible remix of "Like A Child" and Greenspan's many vocal contributions to the latest Morgan Geist album, Double Night Time.

Begone Dull Care is the band's third album, following the critical and commercial successes of Last Exit (2004) and So This Is Goodbye (2006). On Begone Dull Care, there isn't a single sound emitted that feels out of place or like an afterthought. There is a measured restraint that's rarely employed in modern pop music and it's the precision and restraint in the arrangements that only serve to magnify what is there. And what is there is exceptional... from the post-industrial stomp of opener Parallel Lines to the soothing romanticism of What It's For, which brings the album to an achingly soft close. Lead single, Hazel could well be described as Sign O The Times re-imagined as an effervescent song of romantic yearning instead of the predecessor's dark reflection of Reagan's America.

Junior Boys’ UK tour dates will be announced shortly.

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