Thursday, October 07, 2010

Women - Public Strain

I've mentioned Women quite a few times in the past, and the selected their debut album as one of my top picks from 2008. The four members of the Calgary, Alberta band have been playing music together since childhood, and as a result the foursome is able to marry dense experimental noise and intricate instrumentation with delicate, melodic songwriting in a seemingly effortless manner. Jagjaguwar recently released their sophomore LP, Public Strain, and the band will bring their new sounds to Austin next week for a Saturday night show at The Mohawk with local favorites Brazos.
"With Chad VanGaalen again on production duties, the band laboriously crafted a timeless sounding recording over the dead of winter in Alberta, Canada. The result exploits their usage of harsh, grating dissonance in smaller and controlled doses, using noise as the foundation for richly structured, layered songwriting.

In places claustrophobic, conjuring walking dreams of sexual anguish and general decay, elsewhere soaring with vintage guitar tones and vocal melodies or collapsing into swirling, mesmerizing swells, "Public Strain" cycles through insomnia, paranoia, resignation and euphoria, to capture a band with an undeniable voice coming into full awareness of their craft."
from Public Strain :
from the Service Animal 7" :