There isn’t much normality when it comes to Doomsquad, but if one thing is for sure, there is absolutely nothing average about this band. This incredibly talented trio of siblings based out of both Montreal and Toronto have taken new age electronica to a whole other universe with their debut LP Kalaboogie (released February 25th via Hand Drawn Dracula). Guitar, flute, percussion, synth, and an almost but not quite uncomfortable amount of chanting layered over minimalist beats create a sense of unease that has never felt so dissonant. Drawing influences from a range of world musics, Doomsquad’s sound travels through the labels of psychedelic, cosmological, and tribal while never landing on just one.
While I highly suggest grabbing a good pair of headphones and committing to the 45 minutes that is this album, if you’re looking for a quick escape from daily consciousness, “Disremember/Dismemberment” is the way to go. The song waxes and wanes through a distinctly African-inspired rhythm that when coupled with the repetition of “there’s something going on down here” and almost blood-curdling shrieks will make you forget about any of your earthly problems, guaranteed.
If that’s not enough to intrigue you, their Facebook page proudly boasts that the band’s influences are “cats opening their eyelids or islands. (whichever one)”. Yeah. K. Me too… I’d love to see how family christmas dinner goes down in this house.