Just a few days after the one year anniversary of Spector‘s debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts‘, Fred MacPherson & co. kindly end the (fully-consenting) turmoil that is listening to ‘Friday Night, Don’t Ever Let It End’ on repeat on a Monday morning.
From the very first note, you can immediately hear Dev Hynes‘ ‘Coastal Grooves’ influence on this track. Gone are the full, thunderous basslines, synth leads and chugging power-chords of ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’. Cue the undeniably ‘Blood Orange’-like (almost ‘wooden’) bassline combined with the choppy staccato riffs of Sutphin Boulevard which feature post chorus. I was even half-convinced I could hear Hynes’ falsetto backing at one point as my brain began cross-referencing a little too convincingly. This is Spector rough around the edges and a little more lo-fi; it’s an audible shift from the clean-cut anthems we’ve been hooked on since this time last year.
However, one of the things that hasn’t changed and will always bind this to be distinctively Spector, (regardless of what your ears tell you) is Fred MacPherson’s voice. Despite sounding like Hynes took MacPherson back to the 90’s in his time machine to produce this record, it’s thoroughly Spector through and through.
The guitar melody in the chorus is a Nick Valensi-style riff reminiscent of major-key ‘Heart In A Cage‘ and the abrupt ending the song will no doubt convince you of The Strokes‘ influence on ‘Decade of Decay’. If this track is anything to go by, I think Spector’s second album will push the boundaries which ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ established without alienating anybody in the process. And that ladies and gentlemen is no easy feat. 8.5/10