Artist: Handsome Furs
Album: Plague Park
File Under: Indie Rock
Recommended if You Like: Beck, Wolf Parade
Featured Track: Sing! Captain
The influence and reach of Montreal-based Wolf Parade and its members is quite astonishing. I’ve always been intrigued by Spencer Krug and his impressive list of side projects. (Sunset Rubdown was one of my favorites last year.) Now Wolf Parade guitarist and vocalist Dan Boeckner has his own, Handsome Furs.
Formed as a concept project with his drum-machine playing wife, Alexei Perry, in 2006, the duo booked a tour before even they’d even written a song. The two holed up in an apartment belonging to members of the Arcade Fire and wrote their debut album, Plague Park.
Featuring a drum machine, guitar and Beck-like vocals, their sound is dark, bare and stirring. I love it.