On their second self-produced outing, We Are Scientists’ assurance and perversion have only blossomed. Darker and more danceable than 2021's Huffy, the new album, Lobes features the singles “Operator Error,” “Settled Accounts” and “Less From You.”
Lobes is the eighth album of tongue-in-cheek indie rock with air-punching choruses from Keith Murray and Chris Cain’s We Are Scientists. It was mostly written at the same time as 2021’s Huffy, but instead of its predecessor’s rock-orientated approach, Lobes mainly opts for a dark and demonic electronic pop sound.
Speaking about the new record, singer Keith Murray said, "Lobes is the name of a cereal of black spheres invented by Chris Cain (don’t ask). Obviously, the record has little to do with breakfast, but I loved the associations that the word has with cerebral biology, and the evocation of sci-fi, and a sense of something both fundamentally human and utterly unknowable. The word ‘lobes’ makes me think of the body horror films of David Cronenberg, but also of the chatty comedies of manners of Whit Stillman. I really love the reaction it evokes in people: everybody knows the word ‘lobes,’ but for whatever reason, being challenged to define it consistently scares them, or angers them, or makes them laugh, or makes them tell me to shut up. What a great reaction to such a benign word. It’s also pretty fun to say. Lobes."