Afinal, os Yo La Tengo não vêm a Lisboa em Julho apresentar o disco de 2015, Stuff Like That There como se poderia à primeira vista pensar. Estava a soar algo estranho, não estava?! Os norte-americanos anunciaram hoje a edição de um novo disco de originais – coisa que andava a faltar desde o álbum de 2013, Fade – e não perderam muito tempo com introduções ao que aí vinha. Agora sim, faz tudo mais sentido.

E qual a melhor forma de criar um bocadinho de caos? Não, não foi com truques nas redes sociais. A Matador, editora desde quase sempre dos Yo La Tengo, carregou um vídeo perfeitamente de loucos durante a madrugada onde se lia apenas as palavras There’s A Riot Going On e onde uma série de músicas tocavam sobrepostas, criando uma cacofonia desconfortável. Um apelo ao riot? Não, um prenúncio do que estava para chegar entretanto.

Já durante o dia de hoje, uma pequena playlist oficializava aquilo que já se debatia por aí. Que este seria muito provavelmente o regresso dos Tengo com um novo disco. Selections From  The New Album “There’s A Riot Going On” – o nome que foi dado à playlist -, não veio com meiguices e largou logo quatro novidades: “You Are Here”, “Shades Of Blue”, “She May, She Might” e “Out Of The Pool” são os quatro temas que a banda de Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley e James McNew vão alinhar entre o total de 15 que estarão no 15º longa-duração que aí vem.

O escritor Luc Santé juntou umas palavras sobre os Yo La Tengo, o disco e a necessidade de sonhar no meio dos tempos tumultuosos em que vivemos, para introduzir as novidades no site da editora.

There’s a riot going on. You don’t need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It’s easy to lose contact with the ground, flying through endless banks of storm clouds day after day. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And then there are times when what is indicated is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.

While there’s a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it’s like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking, ghostly flamingos calling “shoo-bop shoo-bop.” You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded–shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time–you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.

For Yo La Tengo this is a slow-motion action painting, and Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no outside engineer (John McEntire later did the mix). They did not rehearse or jam together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You’d never guess this, since the layers are finessed with such a liquid brush. You’d imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of “Shades of Blue,” will involuntarily hear “She May, She Might” on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and “Let’s Do It Wrong” late at night. While there’s a riot going on you will feel capable of bobbing through like a cork.

In 1971, when the nation appeared to be on the brink of violently coming apart, Sly and the Family Stone released There’s a Riot Goin’ On, an album of dark, brooding energy. Now, under similar circumstances, Yo La Tengo have issued a record with the same name but with a different force, an album that proposes an alternative to anger and despair. Their first proper full-length since 2013’s Fade, There’s a Riot Going On is an expression of freedom and sanity and emotional expansion, a declaration of common humanity as liberating as it is soft-spoken. – -Luc Santé, December 2017

There’s A Riot Going On sai no dia 16 de Março e a banda ocupa o Palco Sagres em Lisboa no NOS Alive no dia 13 de Julho. As quatro novas canções, a tracklist e o artwork (onde podem clicar para ir para fazer a pré-encomenda do disco) aqui em baixo.

There’s A Riot Going On
01. You Are Here
02. Shades of Blue
03. She May, She Might
04. For You Too
05. Ashes
06. Polynesia #1
07. Dream Dream Away
08. Shortwave
09. Above the Sound
10. Let’s Do It Wrong
11. What Chance Have I Got
12. Esportes Casual
13. Forever
14. Out of the Pool
15. Here You Are

Yo La Tengo - There's A Riot Going On

Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On