Duplekita is a collective effort of 14 some off-and-on members headed by Tim Batke (co-founder of Edmonton stars, The Faunts). This two track offering opens the door to a legacy of glory. I’m struck by Batke’s vocal similarity to a band I haven’t heard in years, a little known Swedish outfit called Mew. But that’s beside the point. The sparkling production is enchanting. Invitingly gentle and sincere, these two vortices draw the listener in. I’m listening to these jams for the fifth or sixth time so far tonight. Their layers of aural complexity provide the protein for a constant exegesis of these two tracks’ depths. Nevertheless, this complexity is palliated by the spoon-full-of-sugar pop melodics that so satisfy the most simple pleasures. It’s truly gravitational. …aaand, starting it over yet again. Come, swim toward this vortex with me, innocent listeners.
Cantoo is the brainchild of glow-pops Aaron & Giselle Parker, accompanied by a selection of edmo all stars. This record is back to back with classy jams that span from the British invasion of “Ivory Eyes” to the strutting snap of “He’s Our Man” to the new-wave flange of “Alabaster.” This is an ideas record, characterized by bio-activating bass lines and ethereal harmonics. Aaron and Giselle’s vocal interplay juxtaposes the soaring astral melodies with a boy/girl-next-door aesthetic. Cop this on wax for superior fidelity, play alongside muted Wes Anderson flick.