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Albums Of The Week: Death From Above 1979 | Is 4 Lovers

The dynamic Toronto duo make a triumphant return on their energized fourth LP.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Death From Above 1979, the boundary-pushing musical alliance of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, just released their fourth LP Is 4 Lovers. The new album, which Grainger and Keeler wrote, produced, mastered and recorded entirely by themselves, captures the creation of a totally new sound and a reimagining of the format they created more than 20 years ago.

With the band leaving subtle hints at what was to come across social platforms over the past few months, fan response at launch, and in anticipation of new music, has been ferocious. Adding to the hype, in January fans were invited to call a hotline, where the lyrics of One + One were recited in a dramatic reading by Keeler. With calls flooding in leading up to the single’s official announcement, the news of a forthcoming album leaves fans, fondly referred to as Lovers, counting down the days to the album’s release.

The duo roared out of Toronto with the uncompromising one-two punch of 2002’s fuzz-bomb EP Heads Up and 2004’s epochal debut You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, complete with a North American arena tour with Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, before deciding mid-tour to part ways due to the strain of constantly touring.

Almost a decade later, the rekindled DFA fireworks lit stages around the world a blaze — amassing a posse of fans so passionate they incited a genuine, barricade-smashing riot at Austin’s Beauty Bar at the 2011 South by Southwest festival. Playing Lollapalooza, Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading / Leeds, Osheaga, Lowlands and more, DFA continued to take the world by storm. The Physical World (2014) and Outrage! Is Now (2017) attacked the charts and drummed up an easy 10 million views before the duo silent once more, to the dismay of fans.

Now, DFA are back with Is 4 Lovers — once again creating a new sound and reimagining the format they created more than 20 years ago. DFA have never sounded more assuredly like themselves than they do on Is 4 Lovers.”