11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Holy Fuck don’t ascribe to any theory about naming conventions, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt; they’ve been nominated for both a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. Their third album, Latin, shows the instrumental group — trimmed down in size — on a clear path, one leading to innovative, airtight songs that are hugely danceable yet resist the “dance music” label.  Opener “1Md” is a slow-building tidal wave that moves from inaudible ambient sound to a vicious, static-filled crescendo, but it deftly segues into the irresistible funk of “Red Lights.” It’s a brilliant meeting of two sub-genres of electronic music, and much of Latin continues in this fusion vein: subtly majestic synths on “Latin America” feel descended from ‘70s prog rock while glistening with a new millennium energy, and “Silva & Grimes” owes a debt to Krautrockers like Neu!. “Sht Mtn” is a glorious welding of hard and soft bits into a deep, art-funk groove, and the tense post-punk of Chrome is evoked in the dark, stabbing synths of bonus track “Grease Fire.” Even if dancing isn’t exactly your thing, Latin will move you in surprising ways.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Holy Fuck don’t ascribe to any theory about naming conventions, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt; they’ve been nominated for both a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. Their third album, Latin, shows the instrumental group — trimmed down in size — on a clear path, one leading to innovative, airtight songs that are hugely danceable yet resist the “dance music” label.  Opener “1Md” is a slow-building tidal wave that moves from inaudible ambient sound to a vicious, static-filled crescendo, but it deftly segues into the irresistible funk of “Red Lights.” It’s a brilliant meeting of two sub-genres of electronic music, and much of Latin continues in this fusion vein: subtly majestic synths on “Latin America” feel descended from ‘70s prog rock while glistening with a new millennium energy, and “Silva & Grimes” owes a debt to Krautrockers like Neu!. “Sht Mtn” is a glorious welding of hard and soft bits into a deep, art-funk groove, and the tense post-punk of Chrome is evoked in the dark, stabbing synths of bonus track “Grease Fire.” Even if dancing isn’t exactly your thing, Latin will move you in surprising ways.

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About Holy Fuck

The Toronto-based electronic collective Holy Fuck were formed in 2004 by Graham Walsh and Brian Borcherdt. Described as "blip-hoppers" and "a shabbily dressed Kraftwerk," Holy Fuck began creating lo-fi electronic noise music with old analog musical and non-musical instruments, including a 35mm film synchronizer. Without the use of laptops or other instruments common to early 21st century electronic music, they strove to re-create their chaotic, Casio-driven live presence on their albums, the first of which -- a self-titled effort -- appeared in 2005.

Known primarily for improvising on-stage with a variety of electronic devices strewn across a table and held together with duct tape, the two toured heavily and wrote tracks for their 2007 album, LP, while on the road. Featuring collaborations from Dave Newfield (Broken Social Scene) and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), the album received a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year and earned a spot on the short list for the Canadian Polaris Music Prize. Former Enon drummer Matt Schulz joined the lineup in 2008, while Holy Fuck wrapped up a well-received tour with M.I.A.

The full band returned in 2010 with a third album, Latin, its first to include bassist Matt McQuaid. Boasting higher production values than their previous efforts, the album received positive reviews and was placed on the long list for the Polaris Music Prize. The group toured steadily following the album's release, but other than a 2014 tour single, no new recordings surfaced until 2016. Congrats, Holy Fuck's fourth full-length album, appeared on Innovative Leisure in May of that year. ~ Erik Leijon

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