At the very beginning of the year, Spector gifted us with their masterful new record Now or Whenever. It has a deluxe edition, a couple of extra non-album tracks, and recently the group have shared the final one from the batch. It is titled “Felony”, and as usual, it is a fantastic song that instantly gets stuck in your head.
Speaking about it, frontman Fred Macpherson says:
«Jed played us an early version “Felony”during the Moth Boys sessions and the chorus has been going round my head since. Luckily, like My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, it only took seven years to finish. It’s the final song of the (covid-extended) ‘Now or Whenever’ era, released to celebrate our tour starting tonight. Will we play it live? Come and see».
On their debut Spector were longing about never letting Friday night end, on Moth Boys they encouraged to stay high (because tomorrow is a lie). And here we are in 2022 — the Saturday comes eventually with a quiet ambient and instrumental piece, after which the duo goes full in with the bombastic and brilliant single “Catch You On The Way Back In”. They follow it up with 8 more great songs, before closing the LP with their best song to date, an anthemic 6-minute triumph, which “An American Warehouse in London” is.
Now or Whenever is not their best record, but only because it is hard to determine which of them is actually the best. It does not feature the acute maximalism (in a positive way) of Enjoy It While It Lasts, does not have the cinematic melancholy of Moth Boys and it is less varied, more cohesive and structured than recent EPs (combined together as Non-Fiction compilation). It is also much more guitar-driven, well-balanced, and truly feels like a mature version of the band that made such a loud entrance on the scene more than 10 years ago now.
Spector probably won’t get too many new listeners with this album. But one thing is for sure, it is another little masterpiece and all the existing fans would be here for what it has to offer, be it the group’s classic charm, Jed Cullen’s brilliant melodies and guitar work, or Fred Macpherson’s distinctive vocals & sweet, funny and one-of-a-kind lyricism.
Stream below and buy the LP & some more awesome merch here.
All you need for the start of winter is a beautiful new song from Spector, which is (probably) the last preview of their upcoming LP Now or Whenever, set for release on January 7 via Moth Noise (pre-order it here).
Unfortunately, the release of the highly-anticipated new album Now or Whenever by Spector was pushed forward to January, but the good news is that they have decided to treat us with some extras.
One such bonus is “Country Boy”, a new song that was recorded during the album’s sessions, but which is not going to be included on the record. It is really great and we are very happy that it was unearthed.
Listen below and pre-order the LP here. Also, find the rescheduled EU tour dates on Instagram.