Along with the ominous minimalism of the new cover design (looks like a video camera from the Death Star), local downtempo heroes Thievery Corporation have a 5-minute teaser of their new album, Culture of Fear, available for listening on SoundCloud. To me, Thievery Corporation have an almost-bewildering consistency in the depth and quality of their music. TC have a formula that just keeps working, no matter how deeply they explore it. They seldom surprise but never fail to satisfy. And a new album means a new tour, which means another 5-night run of sold-out performances at the 9:30 Club. Let’s see if they can get to six.
The full album is due out on ESL Music in June.