Pop-punk duo Antarctigo Vespucci, consisting of power-pop artist Chris Farren (Fake Problems) and punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!), released their new LP, Love in the Time of E-Mail, today (Oct. 26).
Antarctigo Vespucci formed in 2013, though it largely remained a side project for both artists through 2017. Love in the Time of E-Mail follows the duo’s two EP’s, 2014’s Soulmate Stuff and 2015’s I’m So Tethered, as well as their 2015 full-length debut Leavin’ La Vida Loca, and it ventures, shamelessly, further into the realm of pop.
The album isn’t bothered with the political climate of today—something that might be expected after Rosenstock’s POST- (released earlier this year and one of Paste’s best albums of January 2018) but instead a nostalgic reckoning with love in the interconnected world. The duo explores a deeper take on the often shallow world of technology in a manner that is at times more obvious (“I read through all the emails that you sent to me / And again to the ones that I sent back to you”) and others only implied (“Kimmy, I’m a disaster, and I don’t wanna pretend / That I’m not gonna get more intense when we finally connect”). Farren and Rosenstock play most of the instruments heard on the album—barring percussion, for which the duo recruited Benny Horowitz of The Gaslight Anthem—with Farren taking lead vocally more often than not.
The album is out today on Polyvinyl Records and available to stream right here. Check out the the music video from one single off the album, “Freakin’ U Out,” below, along with Rosenstock’s Paste Studio session, and revisit Paste’s feature on Rosenstock post-POST- here.