Junior Boys brand new album Begone Dull Care is quickly becoming one of my favs!
The duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus, professionally known as Junior Boys, officially released their new album today in the US. It will be followed later this spring by the release of the single "Hazel", which features three remixes from Ewan Pearson.
Begone Dull Care is the band's third album, following Last Exit (2004) and So This Is Goodbye (2006). The title is a reference to a short film by the pioneering Oscar-winning Scottish-Canadian animator and electronic composer, Norman McLaren, who was a big influence on the conception and creation of this album. McLaren may not be as well-known today, but his influence has been seen by nearly anyone whose been raised on the early works of the Children's Television Workshop. McLaren was especially fond of direct film animation (the technique of physically manipulating or painting on film frame by frame) as is the case with "Begone Dull Care" and stop-start animation (as displayed in his classic, "Neighbours").
Watch Norman McLaren's 1949's Begone Dull Care Here
At times the album is a dance record ("Bits & Pieces", "Hazel"), but mostly it flows in this dreamy mid-tempo groove. The best examples coming on "Sneak A Picture", "Parallel Lines", "Dull To Pause", and the excellent album closer "What It's For".
Here's the first single "Hazel"...
Listen to Begone Dull Care in it's entirety Right Here