new Celebration: "Evergreen"
We saw Baltimore's Celebration when they rolled through Dallas with TV on the Radio a little over a year ago, and frontwoman Katrina Ford damn near stole the whole show with her incredible primal energy and commanding stage presence, making me an instant fan. The band recently finished their sophomore David Sitek-produced LP, The Modern Tribe, the title an homage to Celebration-homies TVOTR, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Antibalas, and Dragons of Zynth, all of whom make appearances on the record. Album-opener "Evergreen" is the band's attempt to "coax out the ethereal in latter-day soul," and it's without a doubt the prettiest and most melodic thing Celebration has created to date (uh, until you get to track 3 on The Modern Tribe, "Heartbreak," which could end up being their "Maps").
The Modern Tribe is due out October 9 on 4AD. After a few cursory listens, we are in love with the album, and would like to make the outlandishly premature claim that this thing is Best New Music-worthy.