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Hailing from Calgary, Azeda Booth has just released In Flesh Tones, its first full-length album. On its web site, the band describes itself as “too skittish for space rock, too hot for IDM, too concise and charming for glitch-core.” I know, right? The furor this band has currently unleashed in the blogosphere, however, has everything to do with the shocking shock that the vocalist is not a woman but…a man. It sure sounds like a woman, but why is this such a big surprise? I mean, they are Canadian. The music itself, despite what they say, is very spacey, IDM-y, and glitchy, but also calls to mind shoegaze, New Wave, and all that wonderful music from classic 8-bit Nintendo games. Delightfully, like on “Ran,” the amalgamation also imbues an ethereal sense of uplift between the strange harmonies and barreling drum machines.

TMN Editor Erik Bryan is living the dream. He grew up in Florida, but he’s from all over. He likes playing chess, making cocktails, smarting off, and not freezing to death in Brooklyn, where he currently resides. More by Erik Bryan

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