Yo La Tengo – Spotlight: Autumn Sweater & Upcoming Album Fade
If the only piece of music genre-escaping band, Yo La Tengo, created were the 1997 song, “Autumn Sweater,” they would still be thrilling musicians. From the gradual romp of its initial drums to lead singer, Ira Kaplan’s, soft whisper, “Autumn Sweater” seamlessly draws the listener in, coddling him or her into a serene mural of sound. Fortunately, however, the New Jersey-based, New York Mets-inspired (their name comes from 1960s Venezuelan shortstop, Elio Chacon’s, shout when going for a ball), group has produced a plentitude of music: over ten studio albums, a few film scores, fourteen EPs, and the upcoming album, Fade, due January 15th, 2013.
If you aren’t already familiar with Yo La Tengo, there is indeed a whole lot of music to check out, including their beautifully mellow renditions of some Velvet Underground songs (“I’m Set Free” is particularly great), their cover of John Cale’s “Hanky Panky Nohow“, and many more songs.