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.