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Blackout Sum­mer

If Holy Fuck are a noisy, junk-shop ap­prox­i­ma­tion of funk, then Dusted are the soul equiv­a­lent. What started back in 2012 as a low-stakes project for the band’s Brian Borcherdt and pro­ducer Leon Ta­heny on their loose, un­der­rated de­but, To­tal Dust, has evolved into a more co­her­ent sound that cap­tures Borcherdt’s hereto­fore-un­her­alded skill as a song­writer. Work­ing with wife Anna Ed­wards, Anna Rud­dick and Win­ter­sleep drum­mer Loel Camp­bell, Blackout Sum­mer was recorded in fits and starts around Borcherdt’s busy sched­ule. Yet it re­tains the co­her­ence and in­ti­macy that marked To­tal Dust; muf­fled gui­tars, am­bi­ent noise and Borcherdt’s high-pitched melodic croon re­main the foun­da­tions. But this time the sound and the hooks are more fo­cused. That sense of con­trol is most ap­par­ent in Borcherdt’s use of dy­nam­ics, the way songs like al­bum high­light “Dead Eyes” build from hushed whis­per to emo­tional epiphany. It sounds sim­ple on pa­per, but the fore­thought nec­es­sary is lack­ing in so many sim­i­larly minded

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