Devon Welsh is a frequent collaborator with his best friend Grimes, but he's also been recording introspective songs by himself for years. His latest four-song collection of slow-building electronic confessionals is the most recent output of Montreal's brilliant underground music community. The first single, "Turns Turns Turns," feels catchy despite its sorrowful build. At times it's hard to decipher Welsh's words, but there's something moving about the intrinsic frailty of his swelling vox. "What That Was" is a quick shift to something more hopeful and upbeat: "Me and my friend Neil, when we're out together/Nothing could be better," he sings. It's a song about friendship, but sung with as much passion and sincerity as a song about romance. In a way, this EP's sparse and simple electronic instrumentals paired with a powerful voice and cutting, emotional songs help to accomplish what was previously the work of poignant acoustic singer-songwriters.
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