Download of the Week: Interpol – Our Love to Admire

[intro]On the Stuff stereo this week: the third album from NYC’s darkest exports[/intro] When Interpol emerged from the same New York scene as The

When Interpol emerged from the same New York scene as The Strokes back in 2001, cynics wrote them off as Joy Division copyists. But while Julian Casablancas and co failed to follow up on the promise of their debut, Interpol have proved that there’s more substance to them than skinny-tied style.

Pitched somewhere between the upbeat sound of Antics and the post-punk soundscapes of their debut, Our Love to Admire opens with a six-minute epic combining a descending guitar line with a mournful oboe melody and Paul Banks’ unmistakeable vocals. It’s a challenger for Interpol’s greatest song so far.

From there the record accelerates through No I in Threesome, lead single The Heinrich Maneuver and into a set of songs laced in the brooding atmospheric power that you’ve come to expect from one of the very best bands on the planet right now.