Published Oct 27, 2009The sibling pop-rock duo Tegan and Sara are known for scribing catchy, acoustic, teenage-heartbreak numbers that can transform you into a hormonal 19-year-old babbler. Their albums are honest and raw, with the lovelorn twins captivating audiences with such full-length efforts as 2004's So Jealous and 2007's The Con.
But since then, they've grown up and found inspiration in the great Canadian legend Leonard Cohen, invoking the idea of unrequited love from his song "Came So Far from Beauty." After discovering the biting reality of unattainable desire, Tegan and Sara are now returning with their sixth studio album, Sainthood, which is streaming on Exclaim.ca all week.
You can hear the new album in its entirety by clicking here.
Sainthood will be released on October 27 on Sire Records. The record was produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla (who also produced The Con) and Howard Redekopp (who produced So Jealous). It was mixed by Dave Sardy and recorded at Sound City (Los Angeles) and Two Sticks (Seattle).
The album marks a number of firsts for Tegan and Sara: it was the first time they attempted to write together (although none of the songs made it onto the album), the first time they recorded as a five-piece band, and the first time they recorded parts for each other's songs on record.
In addition to their new full-length, Tegan and Sara also have a three-book set - titled ON, IN, AT - available for purchase at their shows and on their website. The books chronicle, with essays and photographs, three different periods in the past year of twins' lives: their 2008 U.S. national tour, their 2009 Australian tour, and a joint writing session in New Orleans.
Tegan and Sara will begin their five-month European and North American tour in support of Sainthood on October 25. You can see all the tour dates here. In the meantime, Sainthood is streaming at Exclaim.ca until November 2.