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Ira Kaplan is aware of there’s energy in a hushed vocal. His singing in Yo La Tengo, the long-standing Hoboken indie-rock trio, has been unadorned and conversational for practically 4 a long time. “Fallout,” from This Silly World — the band’s sixteenth album, out Feb. 10, 2023 — bears the fruits of such consistency. Over propulsive guitar chords and James McNew’s fuzzy bass line, Kaplan contemplates the anxieties of latest residing and the way in which they’ve formed his personal pondering. He is disgusted by all the pieces — together with himself — and needs to flee; his need for catharsis is felt in how Georgia Hubley’s drums tumble into the occasional cymbal crash. Much more than their earlier songs, “Fallout” looks like Kaplan’s placing your hand in his, offering consolation amid growing uncertainties. “Shut your eyes, fall out of time with me,” he softly asks. It has the intimacy of sitting on a porch with a lifelong buddy, relishing the second.

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