Ages and Ages (formerly AgesandAges) dropped “They Want More” this week with news that their third album, Something To Ruin, will be released in August. Inspiration for the record came during a trip to Central America where the band was awe-stricken seeing the natural environment overtaking the centuries-old, man-made ruins– especially striking when juxtaposed with the increasing gentrification in the group’s hometown of Portland.
“They Want More” sonically reflects the album’s inspiration: letting the spotlight move away from an organic sound based on hand claps, synchronized vocals, and tambourines and towards a more synthetic sound. It’s now centered around electronic grooves while still preserving the lofty, pop harmonies found in Ages and Ages’ first two albums. The lyrics go in the opposite direction: highlighting anxieties around the notion of letting go and starting over and trying to live honestly in a superficial environment.