Taking elements from their earlier material Shoulder has a more shimmered dreamy context to much of the previous songs as bending guitar flows within the persistency of the drum which marries rims, tight snare and loosened bass-kick giving the song its warming constitution.
Vocal and synthetics melt in to richly textured harmonics while bass ebbs and flows, akin to a strobing illumination from a lighthouse, affording Shoulder its pulsing texture.
All of which meld in to a track which washes through the room filling it with a shimmering ambient glow.
CHAMPION LOVER from Toronto in Canada is the alt-indie quartet of Edward, James, William and Erik.
Before heading off to ramble about CHAMPION LOVER, those of you who read the Facebook page may recall a post I made a while ago about how surprised I was that despite many thousands of bands being reviewed over the past almost five years there has never been a duplicate band name. This is the nearest I have come as only a space differentiates between the English band ChampionLover and these guys, but I digress…. CHAMPION LOVER…
The sounds seem to be wrestling to get back into the speakers like a Jehovah Witness knocking on the door discovering an orgy going on inside, as the bass implodes upon itself, before finally giving up the fight and donning a gimp mask to join in with the party. The full value of CHAMPION LOVER lays in the underbelly which they expose in a darkened drone that takes over the room in a shroud of reverb which thumps off the walls like clods of sodden turf.
This is music that requires the speakers to be turned up to full volume as the mind immerses itself in the waves of understated distorted phrases which dissipate before the brain can fully ingest the flowing compositions. There is a wandering psychedelic tincture to the sound to which the brain locks, giving it a trippy feel without the ensuing headache.
A début ten track eponymous LP is set for release digitally on the 20th, followed by a must have Vinyl on the 18th of July.