Photo by Aaron Stern
We’ve been obsessed with the Montreal-based artist Doldrums ever since the electro-pop, Grimes obsession came over us last year. So when the debut album Lesser Evil dropped today, we’ve had our Beats by Dre headphones on tight until we had heard enough (the whole thing twice) to give you a proper rundown.
First of all, I already knew that I was down with this album judging from the first single that was dropped earlier in the year. (If you’ve been following closely, you’ve already seen the video for “She is the Wave.”) Between the undeniably transfixing (but utterly pleasant) dance beats, it’s what you could imagine listening to—or rather what you’d hope you’d get to listen to—at the coolest rave ever. So basically, it makes you feel like you just saw an explosion of colored glowsticks in colors you never even knew existed (jungle green instead of lime green, for example), like you just took a sip of the most exotic drink (the opposite of a vodka redbull) that instantly brings you to a state of euphoria, and all you want to do is dance like you’ll never feel tired again. It sounds like that mixed with Grimes-esque vocals that are hard to pay attention to because, like I said, the songs will really have a hold on you.
Check out the spring tour dates to see Doldrums live or click here to stream the entire album for free right now. Glowsticks and exotic non-Redbull juice not included.—RAY SIEGEL