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Boomkat Product Review:
Resplendent in a hand-etched case that looks like a well-worn school desk, the second album from Toronto based Picastro slips comfortably into the slipstream created by their debut 'Red Your Blues'. Undoubtedly familiar to many through their recent appearance on The Wire's 'Tapper 13', Picastro share much with the elongated grandeur of God Speed You Black Emperor or a downtempo Masada, building wrath-like structures of cello, guitar and waterlogged rhythms around Liz Hysen's mournful voice. Weaved from a cornucopia of disparate musical styles and influences, 'Metal Cares' is belligerently eclectic in it's intent, borrowing post-rock structures one minute ('I Can't Fall Asleep') and Eastern European Folk the next ('Ah Nyeh Nyeh'). Yet whilst it casts a wide aural web, 'Metal Cares' can always rely on the hypnotic vocals of Hysen to provide the necessary cohesion, bringing a real sense of emotional burden to songs like 'Blonde Fires'. Also including a remix from Kid606 cohort Dwayne Sodahberk, 'Metal Cares' is experimental in the most pleasingly eclectic fashion imaginable.