To describe their bewitching, Owen Pallett-endorsed new age, Canadian siblings Doomsquad coined the neogenre “Shaman Beat”. Unsurprisingly, quick listens uncloak an odyssey as twilit and ceremonious as Halloween in Twin Peaks – check their undulating Karen Gwyer remix for an entry point. But on debut LP Kalaboogie (out February 25 on Hand Drawn Dracula/No Pain in Pop), the Montreal/Toronto trio take care to temper surrealism with folky, multicultural undercurrents. Plotting concepts online before midwifing them in person, the group weave the aboriginal music of their North Canadian upbringing into the visionary sounds of Gang Gang Dance, Fever Ray and Gazelle Twin. Subtly entrancing and sulphurous, Kalaboogie stretches out like a volcanic winter, soaring over DoomSquad’s native Canadian wilds and effortlessly outpacing the long shadow of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. Stream it exclusively via Dazed below.
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