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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

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