Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Fiery Furnaces finish brewing Bitter Tea

The Fiery Furnaces are one of those bands who have yet to make an album I really and truly enjoy, but their creative muse is so unpredictable, and their talent so undeniable, that I just can't help but be interested in what they're doing next. If nothing else it's bound to be bizarre, and who knows-- some day they just might make their masterpiece.

Their new disc, Bitter Tea, comes out April 18, and this morning Pitchfork unveiled the tracklisting:

01 In My Little Thatched Hut
02 I'm in No Mood
03 Black-hearted Boy
04 Bitter Tea
05 Teach Me Sweetheart
06 Waiting to Know You
07 The Vietnamese Telephone Ministry
08 Oh Sweet Woods
09 Borneo
10 Police Sweater Blood Vow
11 Nevers
12 Benton Harbor Blues
13 Whistle Rhapsody?
14 Benton Harbor Blues Again

The article also gives a brief description of what to expect from the album's sound:

Bitter Tea is said to be poppier and more straightforward than the Furnaces' last effort, Rehearsing My Choir, but then again, so is my toenail focus. The album, recorded in Benton Harbour, Michigan, last year, was written and produced by Mr. Friedberger while Eleanor handled the vocals and some percussion.

"Bitter Tea is a very girly record. The granddaughter record, as opposed to the grandmother record," Matt Friedberger said in a press release. The Furnaces also described the album’s sound as "Sissy Psychedelic Satanism".

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