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Released: 08.03.24







Springsteen with hints of Pulp; Bleachers is a bold, punchy album layered with late-night jazz riffs and 80s nostalgia. 

Sax ties the whole project together, progressing naturally between softness and punch, somewhere adjacent to synth pop and rock. Antonoff’s vocals are an instrument in themselves, expertly varied in enunciation, volume, tone and emotion. 

80s-infused single Modern Girl is a fast-talking track amped up with sax, drums, guitar and theatrical yells. Alma Mater is all self-referential roughness and dreamy Lana vocals, while Call Me After Midnight is gorgeously fun: smooth sax and a funky bass line. Soft romance is drenched in synth, strings and wonder on Me Before You. Closure and new beginnings intertwine in Bleachers – a wry, joyous picture of modern life.


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