Yo La Tengo – “Bleeding”


YLT has had some room to run this year, putting out an album of atmospheric instrumentals before vaulting into an EP that’s exploring some handpicked covers. Originally the tracks on Sleepless Night were included with a retrospective of works of Yoshitomo Nara for the LACMA exhibition. The band worked with Nara to pick tracks and they span cuts by he Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine alongside this one, “Bleeding,” as the sole original. The song is lost in a haze that might feel familiar to Tengo fans — gauzy, tender, and just a bit disorienting. The listener wades through the song like morning fog and it begins to dissipate by the end, chased off by a light lap of feedback. There are moments of feeling lost in its humid embrace and it nestles in nicely among the boquet of covers that lean towards quiet and bittersweet. The EP is out October 9th from Matador.

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