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Imagine you fronted an indie rock band with a modest but loyal following. Then imagine, after years of cozy cult-favorite status, you made a scary, vertiginous leap to a major label, and worked harder on that album than you had on anything before in your life. It almost broke you, and you got more attention for it than anything you'd done before. Now you have to follow it up, and the pressure to meet expectations is bad enough. You have to wonder if Martsch ever groaned to himself: did I have to call it Perfect From Now On?
The followup was called Keep It Like A Secret, and because Martsch is such a cheerily inscrutable man, we'll never know for sure if there's a private joke buried in there somewhere. In many ways, the record forges ahead on the same path Martsch paved on Perfect; he retained, for the first time, the players that helped him record that album, a crew that included Scott Plouf, the rock-solid drummer from The Spinanes, and Quasi's Sam Coombes, whose fat, bright organ chords gives the sound it's pillowy warmth. That sound is firmly in place from the first moments of "The Plan"… read more »