We'll have to wait until January 19th for the release of Spoon
's new album, Transference
, but its first single has arrived six weeks early, the perfect Christmas gift for those who like to give the gift of digital audio files that cost 99 cents. "Written in Revers
e" is available for purchase as an MP3 today, with a proper 7" to follow on January 5th, and it plays out in much the same way all of Spoon's recent material has: big chunky maracas rattle occasionally, bass comes in and out, guitars blurt out sharp, aggressive lines, vocals are double- and triple-tracked; the whole thing is made up of tense, boldly recorded sounds that somehow, when put next to one another, sound loose and carefree. It's a mystery you could easily chalk up to studio trickery if they didn't always manage to pull it off live as well.