Doomsquad - Let Yourself Be Seen Vinyl LP
Doomsquad Let Yourself Be Seen Vinyl LP
Let Yourself Be Seen is the third album from Toronto's ardent, art-dance sibling trio Doomsquad. It's the most assertive, ambitious, groove-sodden declaration of intent yet from Trevor, Jaclyn and Allie Blumas: the sound of dance floor believers and thinkers firing on all personal and political fronts, at a time when we need it most. Even if Doomsquad never lacked the courage of their convictions, Let Yourself Be Seen ups the stakes. On 2016's Total Time, the trio issued invitations to free your mind, body and spirit over dirty bass-lines and hypnotic disco jams. And yet, their reliance on unspoken sibling intuition left them fearing that much of its "message and meaning" had gone unheard.
Thus, the trio took a more forthright approach for their third album, aiming to "crystallise what Doomsquad is and what it means to us. What we always knew but put at the forefront of this record is that Doomsquad is a project of protest, catharsis and emotional and spiritual reconnection through music and, especially, through dance-music culture. It's about activating the body on the most fundamental level, into states of change, release and reunion." Richly steeped in the influences of acid house, West African disco, spiritual jazz, NYC no-wave and new-age ambient music, Let Yourself Be Seen hums with a sense of vigorous, invigorating purpose.
After the overture of "Spandrel," "The General Hum" sends out a buoyant new-wave rallying cry for maximized engagement just when the world seems intent on stifling it. "Is there a place for spirit anymore?" it asks. Kicking in with a percussive bustle that all but defies you to try and stand still, "Aimless" answers in the affirmative.
Elsewhere on the album, Doomsquad's own dynamic thematic engagement alights on subjects ranging from formative influences to modern societal struggles and eco-crises. "Let It Go" grapples with the challenges of social change at 140BPM, climaxing with a scalding guitar solo to match the heat of its questioning thrust. The mellifluous "Emma" reflects on early-20th-century anarchist and activist Emma Goldman; "Dorian's Closet," meanwhile, honors New York drag queen Dorian Corey.
Doomsquad's intent to carry their heroes' "messages of empowerment, release and spiritual self-determination" to new audiences peaks on the title-track, where the album's disparate parts build to a disco inferno with a call to "Let yourself be seen!" "The Last Two Palm Trees in LA" offers an empathetic take on a similar theme, based on the acceptance of ageing, before "Weather Patterns" steers a reflection on unity in the face of global crisis to a buffeting crescendo with a thrilling urgency.
Doomsquad Let Yourself Be Seen Track Listing:
2. General Hum
4. Let It Go
6. Spandrel II
7. Dorian's Closet
8. Let Yourself Be Seen
9. The Last Two Palm Trees In LA
10. Weather Patterns
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