Sunday Morning Coffee:: Pop Winds

To be honest, when I got the latest LP from Pop Winds, I assumed the Montreal based noisemakers were going to be a synthy pop outfit much along the same line as their label mates, The Silly Kissers.

 

Instead the MTL trio uses the loosest of pop structure and melodies to frame their noise filled, psych laced chaos. Opening with Met Some New Colors, the trio mixes sax, drum machines, distortion and surges to transform traces of Bowie/Gabriel inspired pop into fragmented noise collages. Over the next eight songs, they play with the same instruments and style but really end up with a diverse collection of crazy, world pop noise. As horrible as a description as that may be, tracks like Owl Eyes, use double vocals lines, bursts of sax and nice percussion in a way that might make you think the band took a detour to Sailsbury Hill but instead of screaming out “boom, boom, boom” they hit you with urban grit, melancholy and instability.

 

What makes this record work for me is how willing the trio is to push the limits of listener. Fools has the making of a solid pop song, but Pop Winds add a borderline distracting water-like sound effect that runs through the entire song, muddying up the sax and group vocals. Perennial takes an echo-filled turn into the darkness with a minimal programmed beat and oddly delivered spoken word that gradually starts spinning out of control in a surprisingly enjoyable way. Not every texture the trio explores is going to work for any listener, but their bold choices and interesting collages show the band is ready to take the risks needed to create something amazing. The glacial paced epic, The Turquoise, is yet another wrinkle the band seems comfortable exploring. Full of ear pleasing static and hollowed out group vocals the sax meanders around the slow moving build creating a warmth that washes over you for six minutes and directly contrast the crystal clear vocals and urgent, electro-tribal sing-along, Feel It.

 

I’m not guaranteeing you will fall in love Pop Winds - the darker electro club anthem Good Person for example fell short or me, even though the constant transformations they use throughout the song forced me to pay attention - but I will bet you are intrigued and challenged by the listen and will find songs to hold onto. Still not convinced? Well, download the whole thing for $free.99 and prove me wrong y’all.

 

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MP3:: Pop Winds - The Turquoise

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MP3:: Pop Winds - Met Some New Colors
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