Built To Spill have shuffled members, matured, self-immolated, and started anew through various moments since 1992. They have always managed to look like a bunch of dudes showing up to a high school reunion. But anyway, this is their new album and it’s good. In the deck of cards that is their changing lineup, Doug Martsch is still the king of innumerable indie-rock hearts. His vocal croak has grown up, but he slips into the somewhat-cool, somewhat-sad middle-aged guy at the bar role so well. Gliding between deliberately unsanded production and sharp melodies, each member sounds united in the record’s baroque, creative rhythms.
A favourite: ‘Spiderweb’
‘When The Wind Forgets Your Name’ is out now via Sub Pop.