Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Recording: Walrus

Artist: Walrus

Songs: two unknown songs*

Recorded at Christie Pits Park – Garden Stage ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival V") September 20, 2015.

Walrus - unknown

Walrus - unknown

You can read my general notes on the festival here. Walrus deploy the musical grammar of psych-rock, but that seems as much a tool to hack away at popsong structure as a consciousness-expanding worldview, so some other sonic elements (like hints of shoegaze) don't distract from that template too much. Based around Haligonian brothers Justin and Jordan Murphy, the touring band seems subject to variation (here a quartet, one finds plenty references to five- and six-piece versions) but based on some rock-solid basslines and slightly off-kilter dual vocals, this was a pretty tasty set. Veterans of several splits and EP's (only one of which seems to be online right now) a full-length is said to be on the way soon, so expect to see the band back in these parts before too long.

* Does anyone know the titles to these ones? Please leave a comment!

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