You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Noisy Neighbors

Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins, ‘Free As Thieves’

Sarah Rabdau &

Self-Employed Assassins

Free As Thieves

Somewhere in the pop cosmos near Kate Bush, Björk, and Florence & the Machine floats “Free as Thieves,” the sprawling new album from local rockers Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins, their first full-length in four years.

Continue reading below

Its 11 songs explode with a power-pop propensity, full of driving keyboards, punchy horns, thunderous drums, and production that gives the whole album a panoramic, space-age feel. But there’s also a sense of dread lurking beneath those shiny exteriors. “If the planets aligned as designed, I’d still find a way to be chronically dissatisfied,” sings the narrator of “67 Mustang.”

She’s in good company, too. “Free as Thieves” is overrun with characters staring down their own sense of mortality, even if the music suggests this is one big party. (Out Nov. 19)

ESSENTIAL “67 Mustang”

Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins and fellow local rockers Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling will share the stage at T.T. the Bear’s in Cambridge on Nov. 15. Show starts at 9 p.m. with Bent Knee and Lifestyle. Tickets are $10, $8 in advance. www.ticketweb.com

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.