Toronto trio Absolutely Free describe their music, which is awesome, as “astro-beat,” which is awesome. After an extremely promising run of early singles, they’re about to release their self-titled debut LP. The album was produced by Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up, but it sounds nothing like Haliechuk’s hardcore epics. Rather, Ab Free’s exquisite “Beneath The Air” reminds me of fellow Ontario native Dan Snaith’s work circa Andorra or an especially floaty incarnation of Tame Impala. It’s a brisk psych-pop experiment that, despite its title, actually seems to exist high in the sky, in some far corner of the atmosphere where the daylight dances with the clouds. This thing is breathtakingly beautiful, so listen to it.
Absolutely Free. is out 10/14 on Lefse.