I’ve had Love Yes, the third LP from Brooklyn-based group TEEN, rattling around in my head for a few weeks now. Not unlike the just released Pool by Porches, Love Yes finds a sonic sweet spot and works it consistently with spirited, inventive energy as larger themes of love, sexuality, desire and female empowerment are explored. From start to finish, the LP is the most complete thought TEEN has put forward to date with the best elements of their sound up until now distilled into a powerful twelve song punch.
Singles “Tokyo” and “All About Us,” which TEEN led their record release show at Union Pool with on February 14th, serve as perfectly sequenced primers into what to expect going forward as the former takes a slower, disco-ball-waltz direction with the latter moving in a driving pop lane. Gorgeous harmonies reign throughout Love Yes‘ run, as you would come to expect from a TEEN record, with cuts like the title track, “Gone For Good” and “Free Time” offering up highlight moments there.
Returning to work with producer Daniel Schlett, TEEN recorded their new LP live as a group instead of multi-tracking and there’s a natural vibrancy and confidence that permeates as their chemistry shines through. All in all, Love Yes is a wonderful statement on several important levels by a band that continues to move fearlessly ahead. Love Yes will ship February 19th via Carpark Records with pre-orders ongoing here.
As I mentioned, I attended TEEN’s record release show at Union Pool along with SIMGE staff photographer Mike Petzinger. Check out his choice shots from the evening below.