With punch cloaked in minimalism, Spoon packs knife’s-edge power

On “Rent I Pay,” the first single from Spoon’s new album “They Want My Soul,” due in August, frontman Britt Daniel sings of losing sleep while not sounding drowsy in the least, his voice fraying at the edges as he pushes it and his band as hard as a schoolyard bully.

The song is a promising hint of Spoon’s forthcoming eighth record, a tightly wound, desperate sounding tune with hammering guitars and gut roiling organ.

The Austin, Texas, indie rockers cracked the top five of the Billboard album chart with their last album, 2011’s “Transference,” which was minimalist in sound and maximalist in punch.

If “Rent I Pay” is any indication of what’s to come, these dudes’ fists remain clenched.

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