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No Age previews new single 'Glitter'

August 10, 2010 |  6:11 pm


While it's not the Mariah Carey cover we all hoped for, No Age's new single, "Glitter," is a sparkly little thing. The first cut to surface from its third album, "Everything in Between" (out Sept. 28 on Sub Pop), "Glitter" puts singer-drummer Dean Spunt's endearingly unprocessed vocals squarely up front, while a riptide of guitar feedback pulls at the margins and mercurial samples thicken the arrangement. For a band rooted in squalls of masterfully deployed aggression, it's maybe the most melodic thing No Age has done to date.

This time, however, it's all in support of the band's casually bummed and cryptic lyrics. "Everyone is out to get you again," Spunt mutters, with the classic sneer of all the '80s L.A. hardcore the band cites as formative influences. But sweetness abides -- "I want you back underneath my skin." The progress is evident, but "Glitter" is very much No Age, and very much an enticing glimpse at one of 2010's most ravenously awaited albums. It's out in 12-inch and 7-inch form on Aug. 24, with scads of B sides for you collector vermin.

-- August Brown 

Photo by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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