May 24, 2011
Spencer Krug really is the man of a thousand names. Whether it’s Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, Fifths of Seven or most recently, Moonface, the ingenious Canadian singer/songwriter/keyboardist has undertaken a multitude of guises to release his music throughout the years. Not only is he one of the most prolific artists of our generation, but he’s also one of the most talented. He rarely releases anything short of spectacular and “Fast Peter” is no exception.
The sprawling, eight-minute track opens with an instrumental passage filled with dizzying organ arpeggios and addicting electronic loops. Once Spencer Krug’s voice comes in you’re already more then hooked. The track shows that Krug’s distinct, intense vocals and his vivid storytelling abilities are still in top form. Midway through, the frantic loops fade out and a sea of lush, expansive organs fill the sonic landscape making for a euphoric, otherworldy ending passage that gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. I know at times I’ve teetered on the edge of Krug fanboy-ism but as long as he continues to release music that blows my mind in new and interesting ways, my borderline-obsession with all things Krug will not falter.
The brilliantly-named Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped will be out 8/2 on Jagjaguwar.