Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Baroque Social Scene

Broken Social Scene have been blogged a lot this year, but not too many people have mentioned the bonus disc of music that comes with their latest self-titled release. Called The E.P. To Be You And Me, it's seven tracks of the more experimental side of what they do. It appeals to me because much of it is electronic in nature. They have always used electronics to embellish their mostly indie rock sound, but some of these tracks reverse that logic. Baroque Social Scene has a clattery, rickety rhythm over which the band throws glitchy keys, a bit of guitar, lots of trippy effects and little shards of noise. It ambles instrumentally to nowhere in particular, but I like it. No Smiling Darkness is also instrumental, but more of a low key ballad. It is driven by guitar, and slowly builds into a mellow, shuffle-y groove. Lots of pretty noises going nowhere in particular again, but that's the kind of mood I'm in today.

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