Automelodi – “Rose A.D.” (Stereogum Premiere)
Last week, while suggesting you check out French BTW Frank (Just Frank)’s Brutal Wave, we also mentioned digging deeper into the label that released it. In case you didn’t get around to your Wierd homework, here’s a track from similarly coiffed labelmate Automelodi, a Montreal trio fronted by charismatic vocalist/programmer/synth player/writer Xavier Paradis, sharp guitars and moody drums/drum engulfing his carefully enunciated French. On paper this may sound similar to F(JF), but Automelodi create a very different feeling/vibe — angular, goosebumped, and bruised Serge Gainsbourg doing Italo disco instead of black metal fans conjuring the Cure, early R.E.M., Siouxsie, and Joy Division. That said, Automelodi switch things up considerably across their self-titled full-length’s dozen songs: Don’t be surprised when miraculously semi-sunny pop — a la “Employé Terne” or “Rayons de rien” — emerges from behind the industrial clouds. For now, get acquainted via decadent after-hours standout “Rose A.D.”
Automelodi is out 7/13 via Wierd. The release show’s 7/23 at Glasslands in Brooklyn with fellow Wierd artist Martial Canterel and DJs Mike Sniper (Blank Dogs) and Katie Rose (of Further Reductions). If you want more sounds, the band self-released the Fait Ses Courses EP last year.