Indica - 2014
Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield spend their working days as sound technicians, so the plush electro sounds on their two EPs as Vogue Dots should hardly come as a shock. But what may surprise you is that the twenty-something New Brunswick natives (who now call Halifax home) have been at it for barely a year and they have already rifled off a couple of EPs. The seeds of their prolific partnership actually started to germinate during a spell out a Babette's parents' cottage in the picturesque Belleisle Bay area just to the north of Saint John, NB. "We were sort-of friends, but we were still sort of new to one another," the two explained on the Noisey site. "We stayed at the cottage in Belleisle, and we were kind-of getting to know each other at that time too. As we started to complete songs, it painted this picture."
That canvas of sorts - in this case, the four-song Mauka EP and its sibling effort Toska, released just five months prior - is tinted with decidedly darker, more sombre hues. This is especially so on Mauka's lead-off track, 'Way with Silence', as well as the near-somnambulant 'Tux', where Hayward's vocal assumes a lazy, almost detached tone. The club-friendly 'Way Out' is much better, with messier, industrial beats that seem almost designed to blow a tweeter or two. Not exactly earth-shattering, but certainly worth a listen.
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