Singles Club: AV AV AV + Ducks Unlimited + Holodrum
Looking for mood music? Allow me to suggest the heady, shape-shifting slink of Copenhagen's AV AV AV. Their brooding, quixotic "A Number of Things" is sultry and dramatic, and the trio's skillful production features an undercurrent of tension. Vocals from Troels Abrahamsen add even more of a narcotic quality to the song, warm and velvety as the song undulates and builds to a splendid release. It might just give you chills.
I've lost track of how many times I've listened to Ducks Unlimited's divine "Anhedonia." It's just about perfect, as far as I'm concerned. This Toronto outfit harnesses peak Flying Nun with peak Glasgow school - meaning the song is jittery, wiry, infectious to the point of being almost too much, and, of course, jangly as all get out. Cheeky, razor-sharp lyrics ("maybe you should fuck off entirely"; "been upsetting every apple cart lately/I'm in one of my malicious phases"; "if you're ever in the mood to get resentful baby/I'm your man") on top of all that oh-so pleasing noise makes for one of my favorite songs of the entire year.
What is Holodrum? Is it a side project? Or is it just one of those things, a love-it-while-you-can spark? It actually doesn't matter, though I'm hoping it's a longstanding project for this gang of seven incorporating members of Hookworms, Drahla, and more. "Low Light," the potent second single from this sonic conglomerate, channels the dissatisfied, pulsating energy of LCD Soundsystem, shades of Talking Heads lurking somewhere in the song's dizzy heights. Here's hoping there's a lot more to come from Holodrum.