Download the first cut from the album here. Personally, it leaves a little to be desired. I dig all the intelligent percussion, but I hope this album is not going to be another musical complexity like their debut. It was inspiring then, because it was fresh and polished for a first LP, but I don’t want to hear the same sounds again a year later.
According to a recent Pitchfork article and interview with lead singer Ezra Koenig, “Contra” is not a “retread,” but
There are change-ups– two straight-up ballads, a warped reggae track, a sprinkling of AutoTune– but the overall vibe remains enthusiastic and unafraid.
You can check out the whole interview here (they even discuss the meaning of that Fiona Apple-“Criminal”-looking cover art).