Carl Newman is the man who puts the new in New Pornographers. Especially these days.
On the Canadian supergroup’s ninth studio album Continue As A Guest, the singer-guitarist and chief songwriter turned the hurdles of pandemic isolation to his advantage — he not only taught himself how to record and produce an album alone at home, but embraced the creative possibilities that arose as a result, finding new ways of writing lyrics, making music and collaborating with his distant bandmates. The result is one of the freshest, freest and most vibrantly engaging albums in the group’s catalogue. Shortly before its release, Newman Zoomed in from his Woodstock-area home to discuss herding cats, polishing turds, being an older Pornographer and plenty more. Enjoy.