The last survivor of the original married-couple-indie-bands – rest in peaceSonic Youth matrimony – Yo La Tengo are back with their whopping 13th studio album, Fade. Fans of the perennially-acclaimed outfit can expect a continuation of what they’ve come to love in chill, eclectic songwriting – nothing more, but definitely nothing less – as the Jersey trio weave about noise-pop (“Ohm,” “Paddle Forward”), understated-yet-upbeat indie-dance (“Well You Better”), acoustic (“Point of It,” “I’ll Be Around”), and psychedelic/dream-pop (“Cornelia and Jane,” “Two Trains”) seamlessly.

The record’s mellow delivery can be summed up in YLT’s own murmured lyric: “We stay lost inside our head.” Performing every genre with maximum restraint, their vocals live by that introvert’s mantra. The lyrics reflect this composure right off the bat, as they impart wisdom from their music-veteran status and three-decade marriage:

Sometimes the bad guys come out on top
Sometimes the good guys lose
We try not to lose our hearts, not to lose our minds

‘Cause this is it for all we know
So say goodnight to me
Lose no more time, no time
Resisting the flow

They have, as the old saying goes, the serenity to accept the things they cannot change, including aging and the rock industry (self-deprecatingly lampooned in their 1997 “Sugarcubevideo). “The Point of It,” continues reconciling reality with their desires by leading off with the depressing question “what’s the point of it,” but then answers it with positive realism:

Say that we’re afraid
Say the night is close
Honey, that’s okay
If we’re getting old
If we’re not so strong
If our story’s told
That’s the point of it

While this is a great album, a short break in that serenity would’ve been apt. Maybe with a big post-rock build, bombastic groove, or experimental left-turn, just for more variety in energy. Hell, even Ben Gibbard gets loud a couple times per career, like when some “asshole in life” gets glorified in death. Nonetheless, that lacking energy variety makes for a relaxing listen if you don’t “resist the flow.” YLT devotees will enjoy, uninitiated indie newcomers should give it a listen and post-rock heads will dig the ostinato patterns.