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Dirty Spells


Review by Josefa Cameron

Dirty Spells’ debut album, released in May, has earned the local sextet an abundant amount of shows and recognition in the Vancouver area and beyond.

“Stingray” starts the untitled album with a heavy darkness drenched with spooky violin, alien-esque synths, surfy guitar and sinister vocals. The band takes the listener through something like a haunted house, enveloping them in chaotic noise. It’s a darker Joy Division, a less-jaded Black Mountain, and a cheesier Neil Young.

The band takes a sudden change of sound, diving into tribal drumrolls and poetic lyrics in the lovesick “Walk Away.”

All tracks embody a dreary gloom, only creatively possible by those well-versed in rock ‘n’ roll and rain, but at the same time they differ. “Naomi” reveals the band’s diversity of sound, with vocals akin to an ‘80s dance glam and Pet Shop Boys era, mixed with folky violin and dance-beat drums.

The moaning “Manic/Apache” ends with classic rock screams before jumping into a dazed, trippy, and lighter “UFO,” closing the album with an instrumental lull.