Transference 3/5 After recording one brass-enhanced track on 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga with A-list orchestral-pop dude Jon Brion, indie-rock quartet Spoon go in the other direction on Transference, the first self-produced disc in this Texas outfit’s long-haul catalogue. The result isn’t a dramatic reinvention of Spoon’s trademark sound; seven increasingly assured (and increasingly well-regarded) albums in, it’s almost impossible to imagine frontman Britt Daniel scrapping what elevated Spoon to the indie elite.
But Transference does present Daniel’s appealingly inscrutable songs (‘I grew up in a supermarket’, from ‘Is Love Forever?’, is a typical confession) in a slightly more rough-around-the-edges fashion, with fuzzier guitars and groove-based arrangements that sometimes feel like they were crafted on the fly. Call it five-o’clock-shadow rock. Mikael Wood Available now online.