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Post Plague by Odonis Odonis

Post Plague by Odonis Odonis

Album Review

On their early albums and EPs, Odonis Odonis’ shape-shifting combinations of sounds meant they could sound like a completely different band from one song to the next. Usually, this was a feature, not a bug: their 2014 album Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, which put its aggressive songs on the first half and gentler ones on the second, earned a Polaris Music Prize nomination. However, their Felte debut Post Plague sounds like the work of just one act — and a remarkably focused one at that. In keeping with the label’s aesthetic, their third album is their darkest and sleekest yet. Instead of continuing the mix of noise, surf, shoegaze, and electronics found on Hollandaze and Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, they deliver ferocious industrial with a hint of dreamy synth pop. The tightly coiled synth arpeggios, serrated guitars, relentless beats, and desperate sarcasm on “Fearless” and “Vanta Black” (possibly the hippest way to describe ultimate darkness in the 2010s) show the band’s total commitment to this sound and attitude. While industrial has always been an element of Odonis Odonis’ music, Post Plague often has more in common with…




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