Toronto trio Doomsquad are here with their third album Let Yourself Be Seen, a funky engagement with the world as it is (climate change, Instagram et al). For music made by three siblings, its impressive and great that this album is so sexy, with a fun / funky party pulse backing each track. Dancefloor utopianism on Bella Union.
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Doomsquad, far from being a crusty black metal band or an old-school East Coast crew, are a Canadian group making Balearic-flavoured dance music. I think this band enjoy subverting expectations. Their third record, ‘Let Yourself Be Seen’, is a very playful album. You’ve got Trevor Blumas’ straight-faced vocal delivery sounding a bit like a particularly strident James Murphy, as well as the myriad of dance genres on show here such as big beat, IDM, and disco all collected into something that’s somewhere in between. One of my criticisms is actually the lack of Blumas’ voice on this record; his style is too fantastic to limit to just a couple of tracks! There’s a pretty hench acid house closer in the form of ‘Weather Patterns’ which is surely due a Weatherall remix. I'd also love to hear the little forty-second interlude 'Spandel II' reworked into an ambient kinda chill-out thing, maybe a little bit like Kinobe's 'Slip Into Something More Comfortable'.
In its best moments, this album sounds like Butch Lebutch producing Confidence Man. There’s a good tonal range on this album, and they haven’t been content to just, as our transatlantic friends say, ‘stay in their lane’.
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