What seemed to be leaning towards heavy groovy dance floor beats (the catchy Loops) takes a sharp turn in direction of industrial offbeat psycho-killer ambiance. Yes, that’s what Doldrums latest album, “The Air Conditioned Nightmare” sounds like.

Right from the start, Hotfoot kicks off sideways, with its infectious beat, unbalanced with offbeat notes and strange vocals. Oasis on acid wouldn’t have sound more far out than the one-man band of Toronto’s Airick Woodhead, age 25. There’s a great mix of lazy brit pop and psychedelia à la Legendary Pink Dots on the next track, Blow Away.

This guys knows how to navigate between reason and craziness with the exact dose of funk to keep sober listeners aboard. Woodhead does a magnificent job on vocals, elevating the whole thing on Funeral For Lightning, a smoother and more vaporous song that sticks more around the Radiohead or Sigur Rós airy feeling. Past the initial tracks where Doldrum’s music is more complex, we discover a softer version of Woodhead, that embraces dreamy pop flying 8 miles high (Video Hostage).

Tough not to dance on Loops.

Woodhead started to get noticed in 2010, doing many mixtapes and live performances with members of DD/MM/YYY. The next year, one of his many monikers, Doldrums, was used on his remix of Portishead’s Chase The Tear, which the band’s ears, which led it to become the B-side of their single. Doldrums could then record its debut EP, “Empire Sound”.

He’s one of the first musicians to have joined the excellent Montreal label Arbutus Records. What might be one of the finest albums of 2015, “The Air Conditioned Nightmare”, will be distributed world-wide by the great Sub Pop label starting on April 7. Don’t miss Doldrums’ Montreal concert at the Ritz PDB, on April 9.

The Air Conditioned Nightmare
(Sub Pop, 2015)

-Genre: psychedelic funky electro alt-rock
-In the same mood than Suuns, Wolf Parade, Sigur Rós, Beats for Beginners

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Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.