Generationals, “Gold Silver Diamond”

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.10.14 in Listen to This

There was a time, about five years ago, when Con Law — the debut album from the New Orleans duo Generationals — got quite a bit of play around these parts, largely thanks to its outsider status as quite a collection of surefire summer jams. Now in the middle of readying their fourth record, it appears that the longtime friends (Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer) have found their footing once again. Like the rest of Alix (Polyvinyl, September 16), “Gold Silver Diamond” features the indie pop-optimized production of Richard Swift; in this case, the trio delivers a strange, androgynous number that recalls the piano line in Kanye West’s “Heard Em Say” single and doesn’t appear to have a clear lead singer. Sure enough, a press release promises “layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats, and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off.” A standard issue rock record this is not…