Full length indie pop album from Alex Calder, another talented singer/songwriter from Edmonton, Canada. Focused, psyche and spooky songs meet jangly bright guitar in this album on Captured Tracks. Once one half of Makeout Videotape with Mac DeMarco, now doing his own lo-fi thing. Fans of Deerhunter will love it. Vinyl and CD.
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The last time I reviewed an Alex Calder record I spent the entire review trying to think of the New Zealand band his skewed lo-fi music reminded me of. It was, of course, Small World Experience. There you go, we might have even sold an extra copy based on that.
Here he comes a couple of years later with his second disc and if you are a fan of Deerhunter, well you are going to love this. It’s jam packed with the kind of fuzzy and skewed but catchy melodies Bradford Cox and co come up with in their sleep. The album starts slowly, opener ‘Retract’ never really catches light but the title track is something special indeed. This is similar to the kind of warp-pop found on last years Popstrangers album. The Sonic Youthy scrawl of ‘Out of My Head’ is not a million miles away from the Women/Viet Cong brand of distort-a-rock either AND we’re also reminded at times of Mac Demarco particularly on the wobbly pop of ‘Life Purpose’. How many of our favourites can we possibly name?
The album really is a smogasbord of everything that is good in dreamy, swirling indie-rock. Calder may at times not always have the world conquering tunes of some of his peers but this is a smart and consistent album of lop-sided guitar pop.
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