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British alternative rock band Maximo Park just released their fifth studio album (and follow-up to 2012′s critically acclaimed “The National Health,”) “Too Much Information” on February 3. Synth-driven single “Leave This Island” is already burning up my iTunes.
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The new album is called “Too Much Information.” Are you implying here that we’re just bombarded with info via our computers and smartphones all day? Yeah, that’s definitely a part of it. Being in the music industry, we became quite aware of people’s attention becoming so much shorter, because you have so much information to assimilate from so many different mediums. And we were wondering, “Does that make the album extinct? Do people have enough attention to listen to a whole record?” But we believe in the album as a body of work.
Why write “Leave This Island,” essentially a song about an urban hermit? It’s either about an urban hermit who’s afraid to leave his own island and enter the wider world, or maybe the wider world is the island and he wants to leave but feels stranded. It’s about being overwhelmed with modern society like the too much information theme. So it all kind of gently ties together.
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