Whenever Regina Spektor releases a new album it’s cause for a celebration around these parts. (She is our namesake, after all.) After waiting four years for a follow-up to the excellent What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, we’re finally prepping the champagne as the Russian-born chanteuse is set to drop Remember Us to Life on September 30th via Sire/Warner Bros.
Unlike past albums, Remember Us to Life is composed entirely of freshly written songs as opposed to those compiled over the years. We’ve already seen that this has done little to diminish the intricacies of Spektor’s songwriting; singles “Bleeding Heart” and “Small Bill$” feature all the sort of playful, crafty structures that set her apart from the piano-driven singer-songwriter flock. But besides having a firm grasp on quirky pop, she’s also deft with a ballad, as she proves on new single “Black and White”.
Like the title suggests, “Black and White” is a fairly simple number compared to the previously revealed Remember Us tracks. It works off Spektor’s gentle and somber keystrokes and the low moan of strings, all wading across an unhurried beat. Yet she keeps a twinkling counterpoint in the air throughout that hints at a lightness beneath the sorrow, like a broken heart on prom night that still believes in hopeless romance. “Sad, sad eyes/ Know too much,” she sings. “You will always/ Start to cry/ Why should I wait for tomorrow?” Spektor is well-loved for turning even the most serious topics into lively numbers; here, she simply reaches for the heartstrings and slowly pulls.
Remember Us to Life Tracklist:
01. Bleeding Heart
02. Older and Taller
03. Grand Hotel
04. Small Bill$
05. Black and White
06. The Light
07. The Trapper and the Furrier
10. Sellers of Flowers
11. The Visit
12. New Year (deluxe bonus track)
13. The One Who Stayed and the One Who Left (deluxe bonus track)
14. End Of Thought (deluxe bonus track)