Dancer Equired, the band’s first album for Merge, is
a return to the hive, even if the record’s creation was
out of their usual boundaries. It should be known that
for the first time, the trio escaped to a studio, namely
Columbus Discount Recording and the famed Musicol,
during the summer of violence. With the help of Adam
Smith and Dustin White, Times New Viking recorded
and produced an album sounds like a mellow night out.
Though it abandons the pissy histrionics of the past,
the record retains the loud, brash, mammoth guitars
but also magnifies the bright, beautiful traits the band
has nurtured since the beginning. Dancer Equired is a
new chapter, sure to attract an entirely new audience of
intrigued listeners while keeping old Times New Viking
fans perfectly satiated by not abandoning those early
ideals. Rip it up and start again.