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DOOMSQUAD – Let Yourself Be Seen

by Florian Meissner Rating:10 Release Date:2019-05-10
DOOMSQUAD – Let Yourself Be Seen
DOOMSQUAD – Let Yourself Be Seen

As someone who can’t dance if their life depended on it, I was always drawn to 80s dance/synth/no-wave music with it’s swaying sounds and grooves. Because when songs by The Cure or the right Frankie Goes to Hollywood song comes on in the club, it’s perfectly fine to keep both feet firmly on the ground and just sway with your hips in synch with the music. On top of that, the distinct sound of the Swans paired with the dance rhythms of, let’s say, Boy George, are somehow never out of style. So if you’re a fan of this type of music, you’ve probably already heard of Canadian sibling-trio DOOMSQUAD. And if you were, like me, mislead by the name and thought it was a hip-hop or crust punk combo, prepare to have your mind blown.

Let Yourself Be Seen is the third full-length by Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas. It is an exciting new take on 80s music combined with current political and social issues. Because even though the songs are all very dreamy and don’t necessarily sound like it, the lyrics are charged with social commentary and assessments of political situations, sometimes more obvious than other times. They do, for example, take a stand for US congresswoman and freestyle dancer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who’s “dancing without compunction has ruffled the right (and alt-right) feathers”, as they explain in the press release accompanying the album.

For the sake of this review, I tried to decide on a favourite track, but honestly, you might as well ask me to name my favourite child. Every single track is something new, exciting, fun, extraordinary, … On the title track, for example, the beat is so dirty and rough, so much like Pump Panel, it transports you directly into the late 80s, early 90s rave. Or “Emma”, which could be considered jazz, or maybe even world music. Or “Aimless”, a song that seems to be coming directly from the height of the 80s synth pop era. As you can maybe tell, this album is incredibly diverse. I recommend turning up the volume and just enjoying it.

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