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Here’s an LP of synth-driven krautrock from the unlikely locale of Toronto, Ontario, home of Slim Twig, Diamond Rings and Justin Bieber. This record possesses the precision beats and repetitive layers of head-nodding synth and guitar which one would expect more from European types like Neu or more recently Klaus Johann Grobe and north easterners the Warm Digits.
By and large the formula involves smoothly flowing and often quite lengthy passages where they pick a groove and stick to it, with only fairly subtle changes dictating direction. When they introduce violins in the third track it’s nigh-on impossible not to mention fellow Canucks Godspeed! You! Black Emperor! but with the robotic heartbeat of Clinic and some admirably thick-sounding bass guitar which reminds me of Mugstar. Deffo some post-rock in their kraut here.
It’s never so hypnotic that you trance out altogether, though, and the melodies are consistently quite bright and accessible. I think the aforementioned Warm Digits are probably the closest comparison, their recent ‘Interchange’ album had the same strangely catchy pulsating bits of indie-kraut which make you feel like you’re hovering just above the ground. I approve of the somewhat unconventional uses of brass and strings, too. If you like the ‘Digits this is really solid stuff, totally worth a listen.
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