That Dog: Old LP (2019)
More than 20 years after fantastic indie-noise-pop classic Retreat From The Sun, singer/guitarist Anna Waronker, singer/bassist Rachel Haden, and drummer Tony Maxwell have regrouped (less Haden's sister Petra), and the album is a stunner. The noisier elements of the band's post-punk roots are largely scrapped in favor of mellower, more orchestral pop, giving the album a grown-up feel while retaining their unique edge and wit.
The highlight is the title track, which closes out the record and is pretty much the most moving thing I've heard all year (decade?). A guitar-free song wielding a full orchestra, the song commemorates the recent passing of Haden's father, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, and shit if I'm not in tears every time I play it. And I've played it a lot. Beyond the stunning lyrics ("I guess I hate the fact/That you're not coming back/I never wanted you to leave. I hate that there's no choice/I can't hear your voice/Unless it's on an old LP"), there are some breathtaking harmonies from Waronker and Haden, joined by frighteningly talented comedian/actress (and one time band member) Maya Rudolph.
Here's a video for "Old LP," which starts with interviews (worth watching), with the song itself starting at the 6:10 marker: