Finally got around to listening to Wolf Parade’s album Expo 86 and of course, am left absolutely infatuated. I know it’s trite to say shit like “they’ve really matured as a band over the years and it’s been a privilege to tag along for the ride” but there, I said it. Not because Expo is better than Apologies (blasphemy!) or Mt Zoomer (not-quite-as-blasphemous!), just that it demonstrates progression, exploring and conquering new territories of sound. There’s something mesmerizing about their particular brand of synthpop — the songs feel optimistic despite intense melancholy overtones and electric harmonies that pierce your soul.
Well, that or channel the flood o’ feelings into a Wikipedia binge…
Here are some highlights:
Expo 86 refers to the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication in Vancouver (Hellloooo Skytrain). 22 million people attended and some argue it incited “the transition of Vancouver from a sleepy provincial backwater to a city with global clout.”