Junior Boys – Last Exit
Label: KIN – KIN003LP
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 07 Jun 2004
Style: Leftfield, Downtempo, Synth-pop
A1 More Than Real 6:39
A2 Bellona 5:38
B1 High Come Down 4:29
B2 Last Exit 6:35
C1 Neon Rider 2:08
C2 Birthday 4:16
C3 Under The Sun 7:02
D1 Three Words 5:46
D2 Teach Me How To Fight 5:31
D3 When I'm Not Around 5:22
Junior Boys are a Canadian indie electronic pop group. Junior Boys formed in 1999 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as a duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark.
Years of collaboration followed and a demo was produced, but after many rejections and near-misses, they were resigned to being bedroom beat constructors. Soon after, Johnny Dark left the band to pursue other interests.
Eventually, KIN Records heard their demo at the end of 2002 and commissioned more work from remaining member Greenspan. Hooking up with his engineer, Matt Didemus, he began again, writing more material and pulling an album together.
I heard Last Exit for the first time about a month ago at a friend's house. I say with confidence that this is the first album in years that had me craving it so badly mere hours after hearing it, I made a special trip to the record store at 9PM in order to have it in my possession permanently.
A month later, I'm still listening to the album almost every day (on repeat), and find myself experiencing withdrawal symptoms after a couple of days of not hearing it. It's at the same time sexy, elusive, relaxing and energizing.
"High Come Down" is the first track that really got my attention. Its slow motion, sweaty dancefloor feel suggests early Timbaland-produced, drum-and-bass-like pops and beats.
The lyrics urge "When I see you/You make my high come down/And I want to/See you shake this whole d**n crowd." Jeremy Greenspan sings with such a sense of anticipation, you hold your breath, wanting nothing but the same.
The pace of the album is well-crafted. Shifting between the pleasant, Royksopp-ish feel of songs like "More Than Real" and "Bellona" to hot, head-swaying tracks like "When I'm Not Around" and "Birthday", to melancholy and almost urgent melodic phrases in "Teach Me How to Fight" and "Under the Sun", Last Exit is at once polished and organic.
These songs are consistent, yet blips and beeps come at perfectly unexpected times to keep you on your toes without ever feeling jarred awake.
This is one of those rare albums that fits a variety of moods in its entirety. It's party music, bed music, headphone music and morning music in one genius collection.
Junior Boys - Teach Me How To Fight
Junior Boys perform this Last Exit stand out at Granada Theater in Dallas on Sept 28th
Junior Boys - Under The Sun
Live in Cologne
Junior Boys - Birthday