Critically acclaimed Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers' eighth studio album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights follows-up 2017's Whiteout Conditions and is issued via the band's own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records.
"There are so many songs like ‘the something of love' – you know, there's ‘The Book of Love,' ‘The Freeway of Love'...Then I thought of ‘falling down the stairs of your love,' and I thought, that kind of works," explains frontman and songwriter A.C. Newman, who also produced the new album. "I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people's relationships, and you're trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn, which is not as easy as it seems. So I like the metaphor of love as something that you fall down."
"I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs," Newman adds. "The opening track is ‘You'll Need a Backseat Driver,' and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there's too many references to cars on this record!' And then I thought, ‘No, that's good – people might think it's a concept album.'"