Boeckner! by Boeckner album review by David Saxum for Northern Transmissions. The artist's debut album is now out via Sub Pop Records




Dan Boeckner, known for his work Wolf Parade, Divine Fits, Handsome Furs and more, takes a solo turn with his latest release, simply titled “Boeckner!” This album isn’t just a run-of-the-mill solo endeavor; it’s a rich blend of genre defying instruments, introspective lyrics, and Boeckner’s distinct vocals, all wrapped up in one cohesive package.

Kicking off with “Lose,” Boeckner immediately grabs your attention, drawing you into his world of whimsical soundscapes. He delicately balances the driving force of fast rock guitars with the experimental beats of synth-pop. Fans of Wolf Parade will quickly settle in with this track, which sets the tone for the rest of the album.

But what really sets “Boeckner!” apart is its diverse range of sounds and thoughtful lyrics, which reveal new layers with each listen. Tracks like “Wrong” envelop you in a wall of sound, with guitars, drums, and mysterious elements weaving together seamlessly, leaving you yearning for more.

Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical influences, Boeckner’s album nods to everything from ’80s synth-pop to the rebellious energy of punk rock. It’s a testament to his versatility as an artist and his willingness to push boundaries. Furthermore, it provides a unique view into the mind of a veteran artist.

Emotion runs deep throughout the album, reaching a peak with tracks like “Don’t Worry Baby,” where Boeckner’s vocals convey raw vulnerability. And on “Euphoria,” he urges listeners to embrace the fleeting moments of life with open arms.

“Boeckner!” showcases Boeckner’s talent and artistry, offering up a collection of songs that demand repeated listens. “Holy is the Night” serves as the perfect bookend, encapsulating the album’s ethos of introspection and gratitude with their masterful blend of style, production, and thought-provoking lyricism.

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