Thursday, January 24, 2013

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Love Cuts - +2 -1

Northern Exposure is a weekly feature where I (Mark) present you with something from the underground of Canadian music.

Love Cuts are an interesting hybrid. They mix some of the sweet aspects of a twee pop with a lot of the messiness of punk music all together at once (twee punk?), and it sounds great. Their latest release, titled +2 -1, is a collection of five tracks that aren’t an exception this rule. +2 -1 is perhaps a bit more palatable than their previous self-titled effort solely because of the vocals. They’re still sort of atonal and shrill at points, but they definitely feel a bit more toned down for better or worse. I personally think that the vocals add a ton of personality to the music but I guess you’ll have to be the judge of that.. That toned down feel of the vocals makes it’s way into the music here as well. Aside from the upbeat track “Call In The Dogs”, +2 -1 has a real downtrodden/slacker vibe to it. Ultimately, +2 -1 is just five really fun and jangly earworms, a few listens should have most of these tracks stuck in your head. So what are you waiting for? Go on and stream +2 -1 down below. I haven’t seen any word on the physical availability of +2 -1, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

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