azeda booth In Flesh Tones (CD, £10.95)label: Absolutely Kosher
There are no women in Azeda Booth. If you're reading this before you've played their debut album In Flesh Tones, you're probably puzzled. Press play and come back. The band shares the same sublime androgynously-voiced space as Antony and the Johnsons, jazz great Little Jimmy Scott and Philly-soul angels the Stylistics. Musically, there are only sight lines, no touchstones. They twist and flutter, too skittish for space rock, too hot for IDM, too concise and charming for glitch-core. The Calgary, Alberta six-piece conjure up the sound of human travel. The arrivals and departures are hazy and blurred, the tone both tense and delicate, the fuel potent and clean, the direction most definitely UP. In Flesh Tones, Azeda Booth's debut full length, is a benchmark album, a thing of dazzling beauty and fragile inspiration. It's not so much a bomb in the mineshaft as it is an incandescent dove illuminating the way out.
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