Album of the Week: The Vacant Lots ‘Interiors’

Album of the Week: The Vacant Lots 'Interiors'
Album of the Week: The Vacant Lots

Our featured album this week is ‘Interiors‘, the excellent new album from NYC minimalist post-punk/synth-pop duo The Vacant Lots.

With four albums under their belt, The Vacant Lots follows their minimal is maximal aesthetic, coalescing into dark bedroom anthems for loners and lovers with nods to 70s/80s punk and nightclub music ala Joy Division, Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, Depeche Mode, and New Order. 

Long-time supporter and godfather of punk Iggy Pop perhaps perfectly articulated The Vacant Lots’ ethos when spinning the band on his BBC 6 Music show: “I like The Vacant Lots. They try a number of things to just make a musical mood. They’re really not going for ‘this is pop’ or ‘this is dance’ or ‘yeah man rock n roll’ or whatever it is. They just create a nice mood wherever they go.”

Across the record’s 8 tracks, the duo offers ethereal metallic synths and blistering electronics driven by disco-on-downers dance beats lashed with gutter-rock guitar riffs and icy detached vocals with evocatively concise and lacerating lyrics.

Favourite tracks: Paradise, Destruction, Ashes, Evacuation, Endgame…

Interiors is out now via Fuzz Club Records. Get your copy here and stream it below.

‘Interiors’ Tracklist:
  1. Amnesia
  2. Paradise
  3. Ashes
  4. Evacuation
  5. Destruction
  6. Scars
  7. Endgame
  8. Damaged Goods

Photo credit: Chris Hogge