Absolutely Free was formed in the wake of art-thrash band DD/MM/YYYY, and its breezy, Frank Zappa-referencing name hints at the more experimental and laid-back direction its members have taken in their newest endeavor. The Toronto group creates a patient, krautrock-derived psych groove on its self-titled debut, built on warm analog synths and ghostly harmonies—a style that, at first glance, doesn’t have much in common with the stomping mod-punk of The Jam. Nevertheless, the trio put its own stamp on the swinging “Town Called Malice” from Paul Weller and Co., bringing out the song’s bitter ruminations on urban decay and transforming them into a ghostly reflection. Absolutely Free’s new album is out now on Lefse Records.
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