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Tormented Torontonians plunder ’ 90s alt-rock for gems.
Singer-guitarist Katie Monks describes Dilly Dally’s new record as “the album we’d make if the band died and went to heaven”. It’s an alarming proposition from a woman who sings like a wraith being thrown into a well, but on their second LP, the Toronto group’s grunge underworld is floodlit by stadium-sized drums and vast, airborne melodies. Pixies-catchy riffs punctuate the general air of grandiose disaffection, with lyrics caught between empowerment and torment. “When I’m sober/My soul comes screechin’ in,” she screams on Sober Motel, as if attempting to exorcise herself. When she asserts on Doom that, “What’s inside you is sacred,” it’s unclear whether that’s good or bad, only that her life, and perhaps yours, depends on it. ★★★★ JAZZ MONROE
Listen To: I Feel Free | Sober Motel