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Boomkat Product Review:
The first transmission from a project started by Alden Penner and Brendan Reed, two lynchpins of the Montreal scene, having previously recorded in bands Unicorns and Les Angels Morts. This new project fizzes with a capricious energy, switching songwriting styles song-by-song, taking in jangly Deerhoof-style post-punk influenced pop on 'Haarp' whilst exploring ambitious and rowdy orchestrations the next moment on 'Ledmonton'. The band really excel at piano ballads too, calling upon the seldom pitch-perfect charms of an upright on the lovely 'Let's Get Strong' and the vaudevillian 'Perfect Fit'. "This debut record yields one undeniable tune after another. It is one of those albums that coheres effortlessly in spite of the restless energy and distinct identity of each song - nothing ever really sounds or stays the same, but neither are there any forced spastics or facile schizophrenics. Forged from postpunk, no-wave and psych influences, Clues compose a rare breed of complex pop anthems that consistently inscribe their own perfect limits, without overreaching and without pandering. The overriding aesthetic avoids ornate decadence and stringent economy in equal measure. An authentic, unfussy and stirringly epic little sonic world unfolds: idiosyncratic and enigmatic, but exuberantly infectious and approachable."