The now-Montreal based, once-Toronto-based samplegazer Doldrums (aka Airick Woodhead) has a new album on the horizon called Lesser Evil, and the stuff I’m hearing from it sounds pretty great.
The song we’ve all got to analyze today is “Anomaly”, a word that most people (myself included) probably learned after watching The Matrix Reloaded and pulling out a dictionary to find out what the Architect said to Neo in the scene where they have their conversation. Anyways, the song actually (to my great delight) finds Woodhead moving more towards the ‘gaze’ than the ‘sample’ – everything here swoons and moans – it’s pretty beautiful. And Woodhead weaves a great vocal melody on top of the shifting, swirling whole. Interesting – are we to expect an album more in this vein than the more manic, Bollywood-inspired sounds of his past work?
Whatever the case, it seems each new develop with the post-Spiral Beach crew brings more impressive surprises. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it hitting critics top-ten lists.
Toronto is like the bag with no bottom of great bands. This week I got hit by these guys Miss Elizabeth who dabble in a strange brew of shoegaze/electro/pop. And so they’ve earned this post on this page.
Manchester art-prog-pop band that just released an awesome album (streaming on Hype Machine as of this writing). So yeah. Dutch Uncles. Sweet stuff.