12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Montreal’s We Are Wolves often sound like they’re about to burst apart at their crudely stitched seams, where vintage punk brawn meets electro-clash disco fun. Alex Ortiz’ sing-shouts like he’s desperate for a life raft, while grimy guitars and analog keyboards churn, pulse and grind out deep-bottomed rhythms. On the band’s third full length, however, Ortiz sounds a little more like a punk Ozzy -— desperation slightly sedated — and the trio have done a surface layer of cleaning, lightening the sound just enough to let the sharp angles gleam a little brighter.  The hard, rubbery bounce of “Blue” and the slicing, ‘70s guitars of “Paloma” and “Holding Hands” have a huge stickiness factor, and the crisp, gurgling synths of  “Bounty Waterfalls” and “La Rue Oblique” are a pleasant surprise. There's still plenty of post-punk, “gang of three” energy to grab hold of (“The Spectacle of Night” and “Vague” are rip-roaring stompers), but We Are Wolves continue to evolve. After all, breathing and some degree of contemplation are necessary for survival.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Montreal’s We Are Wolves often sound like they’re about to burst apart at their crudely stitched seams, where vintage punk brawn meets electro-clash disco fun. Alex Ortiz’ sing-shouts like he’s desperate for a life raft, while grimy guitars and analog keyboards churn, pulse and grind out deep-bottomed rhythms. On the band’s third full length, however, Ortiz sounds a little more like a punk Ozzy -— desperation slightly sedated — and the trio have done a surface layer of cleaning, lightening the sound just enough to let the sharp angles gleam a little brighter.  The hard, rubbery bounce of “Blue” and the slicing, ‘70s guitars of “Paloma” and “Holding Hands” have a huge stickiness factor, and the crisp, gurgling synths of  “Bounty Waterfalls” and “La Rue Oblique” are a pleasant surprise. There's still plenty of post-punk, “gang of three” energy to grab hold of (“The Spectacle of Night” and “Vague” are rip-roaring stompers), but We Are Wolves continue to evolve. After all, breathing and some degree of contemplation are necessary for survival.

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