Pop

The Wombats

When: Tue., May 5, 7:30 p.m. 2015

The Wombats’ latest effort Glitterbug is an album with a polarity of place. Half rainy Liverpool, half sunny Los Angeles, it’s a study in pop contrast: dark lyrics, sunny synths, spread out over their third LP. Except for a ballad, “Isabel,” the center of the album, and according to singer Matthew Murphy, his favorite track on the whole release. In an interview last week, he said: “[‘Isabel’] is the first song that I wrote for the album; I wrote it after a fairly big bender in Vegas. Then I was in Los Angeles, and it had a different title at the time. We recorded it, trying to make it this huge ballad, and it just wasn’t working. So we tried different approaches. I always, at the core, loved the song. It was the last song we recorded for the album. We tried this weird, kind of Alt-J version … [Last] I was just like, ‘I’m going to play the chords on the keyboard into the computer, and then I’m going to sing over the top of it, and we’re just going to build around it.’ That approach was a nice way of working, because we started from nothing, as opposed to all the other tracks, we started for everything and then it was a battle to take stuff out. … ‘Isabel’ is the song on the album that encapsulates how the entire album is supposed to sound.”

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