Yesterday New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman quietly announced his third solo record Shut Down the Streets on his Facebook page and simultaneously released the first single, “I’m Not Talking.” If the track is any indication of Newman’s forthcoming release, the Canadian singer and songwriter has mellowed out a bit since his last album, 2009’s Get Guilty. “I’m Not Talking” is a delicate web of strings and fluttering electronics, with Newman’s earthy vocals taking on a melancholic tone, especially when he hits the refrain “No I’ve never been close/ I’ve never been close.” It’s a heartfelt moment that makes us wonder if Newman, who recently became a father for the first time, has decided to take the “power” out of his trademark power pop on the rest of the set. We wouldn’t complain.
Shut Down the Streets arrives 10/9 on Matador. Download “I’m Not Talking” for free via the Matablog.