The Cansecos

Lo-fi avant-pop from Canadian duo

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The 12 tracks on this stunning LP by Bill Halliday and Gareth Jones, labelmates of Uncut favourites The Russian Futurists, were recorded over two years “in various bedrooms in and around Toronto”. Imagine the askew, deadpan pop of early Eno blended with bucolic ’60s West Coast echoes and punctuated by proto-Neptunes breakbeats?hear how the beats on “Are You Lonesome Tonight” (not a Presley cover) suddenly leap out at you from the speakers. Pleasingly, one never knows what to expect: “This Girl And This Boy” is worthy of Brian Wilson, while “In Bloom” sounds like early Richard Carpenter trying his hand at free improv.

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