Interpol continues to create quality over quantity on its discography that has spanned since 2002 with the breakthrough Turn On The The Bright Lights, which continues to still sound novelly fresh today. The three-piece returns with their seventh album The Other Side of Make-Believe due out July 15th via Matador.
The Other Side of Make-Believe began remotely across 2020. In early 2021, Interpol reconvened to flesh out new material at a rented home in the Catskills, before completing it later that year in North London, working for the first time with production veteran Flood (Mark Ellis), as well as teaming up again with former co-producer Alan Moulder.
If fate didn’t quite ordain the circumstances for Interpol’s seventh album, it was at least fortunate that the band had happily concluded their Marauder cycle on stage in front of 30 thousand-odd Peruvian fans. Rather than be sent scrambling like so many other musicians, when the first lockdown clamped Interpol had no new release to promote and no tour to rearrange. They quickly got into a productive mood.
Writing on their own in those geographically-dispersed early stages gave the members a way out of their respective heads: “We really extracted the honey out of this situation”, says Fogarino. Kessler echoes the sentiment: “Working alone was raw at first, but has opened up a vivid new chapter for us.” In the Interpol Venn Diagram, each member found a way of expanding their individual circle in perfect harmony.
Check out the video for “Toni” off the album- the first installment in a two-part film..
The Other Side Of Make-Believe
3. Into The Night
4. Mr Credit
5. Something Changed
6. Renegade Hearts
9. Gran Hotel
10. Big Shot City
11. Go Easy (Palermo)