OBEY> Absolutely Free, Petra Glynt, Love Thy Will Be Done (THOMAS), DJ Fadzwa
Absolutely Free (Toronto)
After nearly a decade of making frenetic, delirious post-punk as part of DD/MM/YYYY, Toronto’s Matt King, Moshe Rozenberg and Mike Claxton regrouped to form Absolutely Free. Their self-titled debut, released on Arts & Crafts at the tail end of 2014, revealed a cleaner, more streamlined cut than their previous incarnation. Sartorial art-rock. Motorik precision cast in a paisley haze. Absolutely Free achieve what we consider to be a great feat in any medium; the art they make is capital ‘P’ progressive, capital ‘S’ smart and capital ‘A’ accessible. Precise polyrhythms overlap to create lengthy intervals of deep groove.
Petra Glynt (Toronto)
The world of multi-disciplinary artist Alexandra MacKenzie is immersive. It invites with a bold palette and seduces with sharp detail. As Petra Glynt, the seduction becomes auditory. Primal psychedelia marches forward, carrying with it a bundle of problems, a temperament of reflection, a sense of fearlessness. Her percussive, windswept soundscapes are home to a heavy fog filled with rising light. What becomes clear is vocable. An issued message. A hulking voice to which one can set a compass. The journey turns outwards and inwards. Real booming, flexed space and deep definition. MacKenzie makes music with guts and sings fierce from her bottom nature. Petra Glynt asks that the listener to see beyond the self, into the real matter.
Love Thy Will Be Done (aka THOMAS - Toronto)
There’s nothing sexier than a brain. Honest. Just listen to Thomas’ 2014 release, When I’m Weak, I’m Strong. The fabulous chord structures, subtle harmonies and intricate production flourishes will leave you panting. These Big Smoke heartthrobs put it all on the line, playing a particular blend of neo-soul with an emphasis on smooth R&B sentimentalism. While the lyrics often centre around a forlorn sense of desire, alienation or loneliness, Thomas’ luscious execution and whip-smart performances result in beautiful feelings of empowerment. Orchestrated by musical polymath Thom Gill and fleshed out by a select crew of Toronto’s most talented, we’re blushing a little already just thinking about it.
DJ Fadzwa (Halifax)
Menz & Mollyz Bar
Thursday, May 21st | 10:00pm
2182 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
$12 door / advance
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