Invasions – No Darkness – Single Review

Invasions from Canada were reviewed in November and they have just released a new three track single – No Darkness.

Invasions - No Darkness - artwork

Invasions – No Darkness – artwork


Opening with the title track No Darkness reminds me of a spaghetti western. There is a feature of the music that Invasions delivers being that much of it has a cinematic feel. The shoegazy guitars are joined by violins in sections through the piece enhancing the orchestrated feel to the track, whilst a subsumed vocal glistens in the background.

Black Lagoon has a similar brooding lavishness in a more Lynchian style as a solid bass drum pumps through the speakers whilst the guitars echo around the room.

My pick of the release also happens to be the longest track, at three minutes six seconds, Unknown Pleasures goes to the off-beat with the five players working in unison in a flourish of melodramatic foot stomping rock ‘n’ roll.

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Invasions

Invasions a dream pop quintet from Toronto in Canada is AlexBrianMattBrian and Ara.

Invasions - dream pop from Canada

Invasions

The mystique of Invasions emerges from the lo-fi connotations. Kick off your shoes and let the warming waves of the quintet wash over the body; Strip away the clothing and just revel in the warming jets of mist that flow around the room as the band mutates betwixt the instrumentation as an unstoppable stream of warming instrumentation disperses its scent, whilst the vocal slides though the instruments like a panther stalking prey.


Configured to entice the pleasure zones, Invasions portend of delights to come and the triumphalist bugle which intersperse many tracks sits as a valedictory triumphalism which suits the minds eye of the audience. Displaced sounds weft across the room, floating like ethereal spirits for the ears to hone towards yet fail to capture as the group meanders off the direction of travel.

Individual tracks are not overly long, yet the brain is convinced it has been on a lengthy stay as Invasions combine both simple constructs with variations on a theme providing sounds which capture the imagination. I just need another lay down to absorb the atmosphere.

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