Warner Brothers (2015)
Releasing the new Built To Spill record on Record Store Day was a neat move I think. It really wasn't limited (10,000 copies!), so if you wanted it, it's unlikely you had to line up in front of a record store to get a copy. It also wasn't limited to only being released of Record Store Day, you could just buy it then first. Plus there was the scavenger hunt aspect where 500 blue vinyl copies were randomly inserted for the Record Store Day release, though I'm a little skeptical that actually happened as not one single copy has turned up on eBay.
A new Built To Spill record is always cause for celebration and it's a nice change of pace from the reissues that tend to clog up Record Store Day. Built To Spill has yet to disappoint me with a record and Untethered Moon is no exception. What I can say about it is that it is not as immediately impactful as some of their other albums. It's deliberately a slower burn and it's a record that I like more and more every time I listen to it. Maybe it doesn't have some of the surefire pop singles some of their other albums have, but you'll be challenged trying to find another record that's so easy to enjoy from start to finish.
Built To Spill has a tried and true formula of jangled out guitar in the verse, Doug's high pitch vocals and blasts of fuzzed out lead guitar. It's a formula that has worked for quite a while and Untethered Moon delivers more of that sort of greatness. Built To Spill has long been one of my all time favorite bands. It has been far too long in between albums, but you can bet I'll be listening to Untethered moon constantly to try to make up for lost time.
Built To Spill - "All Our Songs":
Built To Spill - "Living Zoo":