Album: Times Square Discount
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Times Square Discount is the newest album from Toronto based band, Dearly Beloved.
Times Square Discount is such pure fun anarchic energy, you can almost feel the hands of a moshing crowd on your back when your listening to it. The album features male and female vocals, guitar, drums, synths, samples, and even a theremin, all operating at eleven and higher. This energy is not surprising as The Dearly Beloved press release says the album was conceived on the road in over 26 countries, with 18 different guest artists and was partially born of “bingeing on Kubrick and drugs.” According to them, somewhere between the exhaustion and excess, they would explore their tour locations for inspiration to tie to their love of the dead director, and this guerilla-style investigation became the basis for songs.
Standouts tracks for me are “Close Encounters” and “Fuck the Banks”. “Close Encounters” as the name suggests is about an alien abduction, but the Dearly Beloved turns the event of abduction into something that’s more of a supernatural riot they want both you and they to dive into, rather than an object of fear. As for the track “Fuck the Banks” (which by its title alone was going to be a soft sell for me) is a pumping anthem with a slopping beat to push back against the capitalist machine. It’s a much slower song than the rest of the album, but irresistible in its message and pulsing energy. Overall, this is a great album to get the revolution started.
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.