One of the greatest indie-rock trios of all time releases an instrumental EP
In more good music news, Yo La Tengo has released a new instrumental EP, We Have Amnesia Sometimes. Longtime YLT fans know the band's extended instrumentals are sometimes the best part of the Yo La Tengo experience, whether in-person or on record. And these five tracks, with titles like "James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday)" and "Georgia thinks it's probably okay (Tuesday)," don't disappoint.
Singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan describes the EP this way on Yo La Tengo's newly launched Bandcamp:
"If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken — that pretty much covers none of you — you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word “improvising”). Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.
In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed . . . “practicing” hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would we be practicing for . . . playing. James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release some of the things we did right now."
The band will also perform ticketed, streamed sets this weekend.
Give We Have Amnesia Sometimes a listen below.