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Electronic/Dance - Released January 17, 2020 | Holy EF Music

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Toronto electro-rock group Holy Fuck have managed to hone their junk shop aesthetic into a surprisingly coherent form of warped pop music. Following the excellent 2016 full-length Congrats and the more dance-oriented companion EP Bird Brains, the band sharpen their focus even further on 2020's Deleter. Like their previous albums, this one was born from impromptu jams and sketches at rehearsals and soundchecks. At this point in their career, the group's chemistry is so strong that the music seems to naturally flow from them, and they've never sounded this tight before. Having incorporated buried, distorted vocals into their last few releases, here they invite a few guests to give a bit more of a human touch to their machine rhythms. Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor appears on hypnotic opener "Luxe," which was recorded on a rare 1947 Voice-O-Graph at Jack White's Third Man Studio, lending his voice an eerie, scratchy effect. The track itself is a heavy, swirling blend of house and Krautrock influences, setting the tone for the majority of the album. "Deleter" has an infectious new wave/disco rhythm, with the group's typical scattered, wayward vocals joined by Liars founder Angus Andrew's urgent inquiry, "Are you fighting for a cause?" Pond's Nicholas Allbrook jumps in during the neon shimmer of "Free Gloss," which momentarily drifts into a softer breakdown before heading back on track. "Near Mint" is the most straightforward Motorik rhythm the group have ever played, sounding like a slightly hazy variation on something off Harmonia's Deluxe or one of Michael Rother's solo records. The sludgy, drowsy "San Sebastian" is the only slow track on the album, and "Ruby" seems relatively toned down, apart from its ecstatic climaxes. Tipping closer to dance-pop than noise-rock, Deleter is one of Holy Fuck's most finely tuned albums, yet the band sound as spontaneous as ever. ~ Paul Simpson
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 11, 2010 | Young Turks

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 13, 2019 | Holy EF Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 1, 2005 | Dependent Music

Rock - Released November 1, 2005 | Dependent Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released December 3, 2019 | Holy EF Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 21, 2017 | Innovative Leisure

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 27, 2016 | Innovative Leisure

Emerging after a six-year hiatus, Toronto-based electro-rock band Holy Fuck return with Congrats, an album that refines their junk store aesthetic into their most cohesive, accessible tunes yet. The group's songs still sound rough and chaotic, but they've come a long distance from the sprawling, messy jams of their 2005 debut. Subsequent albums LP and Latin sharpened their melodic inclinations considerably and had much tighter song structures, but on Congrats, they patch more vocals into the mix. While this certainly provides more of a human element to their music, the vocals are shadowy and distant, recalling Liquid Liquid in how they figure into the sound as textural elements rather than as a vehicle for expressing sentiments through easily discernable lyrics. Similarly, the music plays with the listener's perceptions, liberally incorporating jagged bursts of fuzz and trippy echo, and often adding suspenseful mood shifts. "Tom Tom" is one of the album's early highlights, pairing a minimal kick-snare beat with oddly cheerful singsong vocals and engulfing them in carefully controlled waves of distortion. "Shivering" is slower and more haunting, with brief blips of vocals forming a ghostly melody beneath chilling synth arpeggios. "Neon Dad" is surprisingly tender for the band, with a Fleetwood Mac-worthy melody disguised in layers of drifting, resounding reverb. "House of Glass" bursts forth with aggressive bass blasts, then hits a striding rhythm that is constantly offset by stuttering delay. "Acidic" is a gleefully EQ'd noisy disco-reggae jam, and the concluding "Crapture" (potentially a dig at disbanded dance-punks the Rapture?) is the most aggressive dance track on the album, furiously bashing its way up to an ecstatic climax via a vocal melody that recalls Prince's "Dirty Mind." Congrats still sounds unmistakably like Holy Fuck, but their vision of weird electronic pop is much clearer here. ~ Paul Simpson
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 23, 2007 | Young Turks Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 15, 2020 | Holy EF Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 1, 2005 | Dependent Music