Release Date: February 15, 2019
DEAD is Montreal’s Dead Obies third full-length album. To compose DEAD, the Dead Obies wrote around 50 songs in the summer of 2017 and carefully sifted through them to select each track on the album.
Overall, the tone of DEAD percolates between melancholy and optimistic tracks. With a lo-fi sound and trap music base, DEAD’s has a dreamy feel, but at the same time wouldn’t be out of place at a modern day club. The Dead Obies are a mix of male base and tenor rap, though, on some tracks they do use soprano female backing.
Dead Obies are clearly very proud to be bilingual, using both French and English lyrics, often mixing both languages on the same track. For an anglophone such as myself, this makes for interesting listening as this lets me know what the Dead Obies want me to hear. Using two languages also allows for Dead Obies to fashion a greater range of rhymes as they jump between languages to complete lines – probably why the album overall has such a smooth flow.
A standout track to me was “Run Away” which uses piano samples to create a nostalgic feel while contemplating the wisdom that sometimes it’s braver to walk away. There was also the track “2Gether” which has an R&B feel with a hook that is almost Motown inspired, while still maintaining the Dead Obies contemporary sound.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.