Longstanding indie duo Tegan And Sara have become somewhat of an institution on the indie scene having been established over 20 years ago and still going strong, retaining focus not only musically following up their album ‘Heartthrob’ with their eighth full-length record ‘Love You To Death’, but have also been very politically active lately standing up for LGBT rights across America and also supporting Against Me!‘s frontwoman Laura Jane Grace during her gender transition. This album sees the duo take a new approach, experimenting with a more electro vibe, which thankfully works very well.
Opening the record is ‘That Girl’ which introduces the duo’s new electronic sound. It’s an understated approach, but suits the sisters’ vocal stylings perfectly leading into radio-friendly poppy number ‘Faint Of Heart’, which picks up the momentum of the record steadily. First single, ‘Boyfriend’, is the most upbeat across the record, and is a tremendously relatable tale of LGBT romance with Tegan And Sara sharing their insight with poignant accuracy.
There is a clear theme of love and relationships across this record, be it through the rough patches dealt with on ‘White Knuckles’ and heartfelt ballad ‘100x’, to the more upbeat numbers of an ex’s new relationship on ‘Dying To Know’, and the understanding of a person’s limits on commitment despite the catchy nature of the chorus on ‘BWU’.
‘Love You To Death’ sees Tegan And Sara take a new approach which many bands do when they’ve been going as long as this duo have, but very few bands do it as well. This new gentle electronic approach suits the band’s sound perfectly and is definitely a step in the right direction moving this band from strength to strength. It also provides a powerfully relatable message to LGBT people everywhere as Tegan And Sara speak openly about relationships across this record. ‘Love You To Death’ could easily be viewed as this duo’s best record yet.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)