Stream Absolutely Free Absolutely Free. (Stereogum Premiere)
Toronto trio Absolutely Free conjure a soaring, otherworldly sort of psychedelia on their debut full-length. The album’s airy fantasies reach back to the sounds of the Elephant 6 collective, Broadcast’s retro-futuristic lounge music, and Caribou’s deepest dalliances with psychedelic pop — and really much farther back than that to ’70s krautrock and ’60s psych (hello, Zappa) — but mostly it reaches outward toward the open sky. Fucked Up’s Mike Haliechuk produced Absolutely Free., and the album’s scope is as ambitious as that of any Fucked Up record, just more floaty and dreamlike. Titles like “Burred Lens” and “Striped Light” hint at Absolutely Free’s headspace, and even the band name itself is indicative of the wide-open sounds they’ve created together. You’ve heard “Beneath The Air” and “Vision’s,” now stream the whole album below.