As it turned out, Saturday May 21 was your a relatively normal and uneventful day. Some had predicted that the sky would open up and that all good Christians would ascend to heaven, while those who did not accept Jesus in their lives would be subjected to eternal torment, etc. etc. In a somewhat brilliant PR move, New York dance-punk pioneers The Rapture celebrated man’s survival today by announcing today that they will be releasing a new album September 6.
In The Grace Of Your Love (their first album since 2008′s lukewarmly received Tapes) sees The Rapture returning to DFA Records, the label that put out the band’s highly influential singles and their breakout album Echoes in 2002 and 2003, respectively. After a stint on Universal Records and watching the scene they had created oversaturate almost to the point of self-parody, the band’s re-signing to James Murphy’s brainchild shows that the band are ready to try and make a statement again. Philippe Zdar, the French producer who has worked with Phoenix, The Beastie Boys, and Chromeo among others, produced the album. According to the press release, “Through the course of its eleven tracks, you can immerse yourself as waves of lyrical optimism & introspection crash between angular guitars & pulsing synthesizers, pounding drums & into sweet rhythmical lullabies. This is the sound of The Rapture re-engaged and revitalized with a voice as clear as they ever had.” Like the supposed end of times that was supposed to grace us on Saturday, we will have to experience it before we beleive it.
It’s nice to see that one of the genre’s premier groups is returning to the label that gave them their footing all those years ago. It will be interesting to see how In The Grace Of Your Love stacks up amidst the likes of Cut Copy’s Zonoscope, Friendly Fires’ Pala, and several other albums released this year that have continued to build upon The Rapture’s foundations. No word yet on whether the band will announce a follow up on Dec. 22, 2012.