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First Impressions: Wolf Parade, “Expo 86”

By Spencer Flanagan on May 26, 2010


First Impressions: Wolf Parade, “Expo 86”

Wolf Parade

Expo 86

Sub Pop

Release Date: June 29, 2010


Track Listing:

1. Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
2. Palm Road
3. What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
4. Little Golden Age
5. In the Direction of the Moon
6. Ghost Pressure
7. Pobody’s Nerfect
8. Two Men in New Tuxedos
9. Oh You, Old Thing
10. Yulia
11. Cave-O-Sapien

First Impressions:

Although some of its members are in other well-known indie acts like Handsome Furs, Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake, the guys of Canadian indie-rock band Wolf Parade still found time to record and release their third full-length album, Expo 86, due out June 29 on Sub Pop.

The new album follows the pattern of previous Wolf Parade releases with a majority of the tracks lasting over four and five minutes long.

Expo 86 sounds like a blend between the band’s first release, Apologies to the Queen Mary, and its sophomore album, At Mount Zoomer - creating something somewhat familiar yet new and fresh at the same time. The album’s heavy use of the synth, drums and keyboard, however, harkens back more to the band’s debut album than anything else.

On “In the Direction of the Moon” the band experiments with the keyboard unlike any other track to date, creating a completely new experimental sound for the band.

Expo 86 ends strong with “Cave-O-Sapien,” a fast-paced, guitar-heavy, sometimes-trippy track that lasts a little over six minutes, leaving listeners wanting more – or at least leaving them with a desire to play the album again.

Key Tracks:

“Cloud Shadow on the Mountain,” “Little Golden Age,” “Pobody’s Nerfect” and “Cave-O-Sapien”


Wolf Parade fans won’t be disappointed in the band’s newest album. It’s got the familiar Wolf Parade vocals and rock and roll sound while adding new elements to create 11 brand-new tracks. If you weren’t a huge fan of the band’s sophomore release, don’t worry because Expo 86 reverts back more to its highly-acclaimed debut album in intensity and overall energy.

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