The Body & BIG BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds (Thrill Jockey Records)
The Body are probably more well known for their crushing riffs and screamed vocals. Earlier this year the band released, I’ve Seen All I Need To See, a brutal record of uncontrolled chaos. Here, on this latest release the band teams up with BIG BRAVE, a loud folk band from Montreal.
The two band’s styles, which couldn’t really be further apart, somehow meld into something spectacular. The hypotonic, almost Krautrock “Oh Sinner” is a menacing cut. “Babes In The Woods” is a drawn out drone of utterly beautiful fuzzy instruments. This records melds genres into something really great. Don’t miss it!
Leaving None But Small Birds is out on Thrill Jockey Records.
Illuminati Hotties – Let Me Do One More (Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless Records)
Illuminati Hotties, the project of producer and sound engineer Sarah Tudzin, has released a much awaited third record. Let Me Do One More at it’s heart is a soft indie rock record, but it combines the sounds of so much more. Folk, Punk, Shoegaze, Pop, and the list goes on.
The record is a real roller coaster of emotions, forcing you at times to feel triumphant and joyous before taking you back down to sorrow. It’s lyrically poignant, hard hitting, well produced, captivating, and everything in between.
Let Me Do One More is out on Snack Shack Tracks & Hopeless Records.
Actors – Acts of Worship (Artoffact Records)
Vancouver’s favorite post-punkers take a dip into synth and vaporwave on their latest record. Acts of Worship feels caught somewhere between the best parts of Duran Duran and Joy Division. It’s moody. Dark. Stark production, drum machines, and blown out synthesizers are the go to.
“Cold Eyes” is a downright sinister track that has eerie undertones. “Only Lonely” has dance appeal and a catchy bass hook. If you want something that’s nostalgic for just about every underground genre of music that came from the 80s this is your record.
Acts of Worship is out on Artoffact Records.
Black Dice – Mod Prog Sic (FourFour Records)
After an almost decade long hiatus the experimental rock trio Black Dice return with their seventh record to date. Over the course of the band’s career, they have meandered from noise rock wildness to Animal Collective-esque electronic experimentation. Mod Prog Sic continues that experimental bent pushing into new territory.
This is a record chalked full of analog weirdness, noisy undertones, and generally unrestrained chaos. It’s a tough record to grasp as it meanders through mind melting progressions a second or third listen will almost surely reveal the hidden beauty of this LP.
Mod Prog Sic is out on FourFour Records.