Published Nov 30, 2012This past spring, Vancouver retro-pop unit Chains of Love let loose their debut album Strange Grey Days and spent much of the year travelling in support of it. Despite their hectic schedule, the group have already recorded their follow-up, which they expect to drop sometime next year.
Speaking with Exclaim!, singer Nathalia Pizarro explains that the band wrapped up recording sessions for the as-yet-untitled LP at guitarist Felix Fung's Little Red Sounds studios in East Vancouver in September. Fung recorded and produced the set, which will feature 10 new tracks and is expected to arrive sometime around February or March through Manimal Vinyl.
You'll be able to get a sneak peak at the platter next month when Chains of Love issue the double A-side 7-inch single "Pretend"/"Misery Makers," which arrives December 11. Pizarro notes that "Pretend" features a horn section, and further explains that rest of the troupe's upcoming song cycle travels beyond the soulful, '60s-styled sounds of their debut.
"We've expanded our landscape," she says. "Sonically it's a lot different than Strange Grey Days. It's got a rounder sound, if I may say. We wanted to experiment with something a bit more accessible, and a bit more pop, but it still has some dirt to it."
Apart from the single, Pizarro notes one new track has "got a weird, Beggars Banquet country vibe to it," and mentions other tunes feature strings sections, as well as the aforementioned brass additions. "We wanted to go deeper into the different corners of the music," she says.