Posted by: Ryan Allen on September 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm

The New Year, The New Year (Touch & Go, 2008)

MP3: “The Company I Can Get”

“I can’t remember why it felt so good when you and I made our plans to get away. It’s not like it’s some kind of great escape when you only manage not to suffocate.” Matt and Bubba Kadane sure know how to take your inner thoughts and craft them into subtle and emotive songs. They create the type of music that connects with the fears and concerns most listeners are too self-conscious to mention to even their closest confidants for fear of coming off as too needy, or (even worse) turning out to be just as boring and neurotic as everybody else. After the break up of the much beloved Bedhead in 1998, the brothers regrouped and started the New Year. Though a new band, their signature style remained intact — no frills, subtle and building songs with plainly sung vocals that suggest personal doses of both hope and frustration. This self-titled release is only their third since their debut album in 2001. But it is worth the wait. The album opener “Folios” starts off with a simple guitar strum that slowly builds and quietly grows in intensity. The vocals don’t even kick in until almost the four-minute mark, and when Matt Kadane sings the final lines, “I don’t think the good years I’ve got can wait. So what are we staying for?” it’ll feel like an unexpected punch in the chest and you’ll marvel at the time you’ve wasted by not listening to these guys sooner. — Laura Witkowski

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