Operators, the synth-pop band featuring Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), Devojka, and Sam Brown (Divine Fits, New Bomb Turks), have announced that their newest album, Radiant Dawn, will be out this May 17th on Last Gang Records.
They recently shared the first single, “Faithless,” a song Consequence of Sound called “darkly coruscating electropop cut with just a hint of ’80s psychedelia adding to the warmth, as solid a return single as anyone could hope for.” Stereogum commenter “black sheep boy” rightly proclaimed “THE BOECK IS BACK, BABY!”
The album’s nine tracks meld raw analog hardware with Boeckner’s distinct voice to create an immersive cinematic sound. Interspersed between the tracks are instrumental intertitles that amplify the album’s 1970s sci-fi dystopian feel. For fans of Boeckner’s catalogue, Radiant Dawn feels like the next logical step in the artist’s two decade career, while maintaining a completely fresh energy.
Radiant Dawn was written and recorded throughout 2018 and early 2019 in Montreal and Vancouver Island. Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury played bass on the album’s closing track, “Low Life.” The album was co-produced by Wolf Parade’s Arlen Thompson along with up and coming Montreal engineer Napster Vertigo. It was mastered by the Lodge’s Emily Lazar (on the heels of her 2019 Grammy® award win).
LA Weekly, after hearing a preview of the record, made it the album of the week nearly a month before its release, saying, “The first hints of greatness came with the release of EP1 in 2014, followed by the debut full-lengther, Blue Wave, two years later. But it’s the majesty of the 14 songs that fill Radiant Dawn that show just how far this group has come.”
Radiant Dawn Tracklist:
- I Feel Emotion
- (Public Void)
- In Moderan
- Terminal Beach
- (Object Sighting)
- (Under Occupation)
- Come And See
- (The Radiant Dawn)
- Low Life