Oh lordy, Doomsquad. We suppose anyone could have predicted that if you sent these three off to a cabin in New Mexico, they’d write the masterpiece they’ve always seemed destined for. So to the swirling desert sands that gave life to Total Time, thank you.
“Pyramids on Mars”, probably the strongest single to date from the Toronto electronic psychedelic explorers, had already set the stage for what was obviously going to be a huge record for them. (Not to mention having one of the coolest videos we’ve seen all year.) And indeed, as excellent as first record Kalaboogie was, Total Time is on another level entirely, expanding their sound into deeper, darker, and even more dramatic places. At times getting as noisy as they ever have, at other times as danceably disco as their otherwordly instincts will permit (see “Eat the Love”), we’re utterly blown away.
Doomsquad have firmly left their imprint on the psychedelic frontiers of electronic music in Canada. Now, it’s time for the rest of the world to find out. Total Time is available now from Hand Drawn Dracula.
We’ve already gone into detail about how much we’re enjoying the new Doomsquad jams – “Pyramids on Mars” and “Solar Ass” both have us DYING to hear their new record Total Time, out at the end of the month. If you needed another reminder of what we’re in for, this week the Toronto trio dropped a positively epic music video for “Pyramids”.
Directed by band member Trevor Blumas and Ghostprom and filmed during the band’s sojourn in New Mexico, it’s a wonderfully surreal piece heavy on Jodorowsky-esque symbolism. We won’t ruin any surprises but it vaguely follows the story of a Polaroid and features some very memorable scenes, costumes, creatures, and visual effects.
Total Time is available for pre-order now from Hand Drawn Dracula.
Doomsquad have really doubled down on the electro styles that we first heard on “Solar Ass” last month to amazing results on their latest single “Pyramids on Mars.” That thumping awesome bass line immediately sets the tone for the song, which builds to include their typical jangly guitar and more out-there elements, not to mention the three part sibling vocals at the end, serving as almost incantation. Doomsquad are seemingly taking their pagan personas deeper into the solar system with these tracks, which assures us that their forthcoming LP Total Time will be something spectacular.