Even this far into the 21st century, the recent social media furor surrounding US
congresswoman and free-style dancer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez illustrated that the spectacle
of someone dancing without compunction can still ruffle the right (and alt-right) feathers. In
which case, all hail the third album from Torontos ardent, art-dance sibling trio
DOOMSQUAD. Due for release on Royal Mountain Records on May 10 2019,Let Yourself Be
Seen is the most assertive, ambitious, groove-sodden declaration of intent yet from Trevor,
Jaclyn and Allie Blumas: the sound of dancefloor believers and thinkers firing on all personal
and political fronts, at a time when we need it most.
Even if DOOMSQUAD never lacked the courage of their convictions,Let Yourself Be
Seenups the stakes. On 2016sTotal Time, the trio issued invitations to free your mind, body
and spirit over dirty bass-lines and hypnotic disco jams. And yet, their reliance on unspoken
sibling intuition left them fearing that much of its message and meaning had gone unheard.
Thus, the trio took a more forthright approach for their third album, aiming to crystallize what
DOOMSQUAD is and what it means to us. What we always knew but put at the forefront of
this record is that DOOMSQUAD is a project of protest, catharsis and emotional and spiritual
reconnection through music and, especially, through dance-music culture. Its about activating
the body on the most fundamental level, into states of change, release and reunion.
Richly steeped in the influences of acid house, West African disco, spiritual jazz,NYC nowave and new-age ambient music,Let Yourself Be Seen hums with a sense of vigorous,
invigorating purpose. After the overture of Spandrel, General Hum sends out a buoyant
new-wave rallying cry for maximized engagement just when the world seems intent on stifling
it. Is there a place for spirit anymore? it asks. Kicking in with a percussive bustle that all but
defies you to try and stand still, Aimless answers in the affirmative.
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