Broken Social Scene‘s headlining set last Thursday in the open-air backyard of Stubb’s was one of the most fun concerts I saw at this year’s SXSW. The Toronto indie rockers were even tighter and more exuberant when I caught part of their set the following night at the Parish, a much more intimate club space. Suffice it to say their Forgiveness Rock Record, out May 4, has shot to the top of my 2010 anticipation list.
The band already released the excellent “World Sick” as a free MP3; now they’ve posted two more new tunes, which you can stream right here. “Forced to Love” pairs earnest lyrics with a twisty guitar jam that sounds like it’s about to fly to pieces at any moment, not far from the mode of BSS’ previous, fantastic album. “All to All” is more of a departure, and I like it even better: Stuttering drum machines and string-section sighs are the backdrop for newly official band member Lisa Lobsinger’s magnificently searching vocals. Just wonderful.
Check out Broken Social Scene’s new songs after the jump and let us know if you’re looking forward to Forgiveness Rock Record as much as I am.
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