Ought go for a more conventional post-punk sound on Room Inside the World.
Ought is sounding dancier and more new wave-inspired than ever on new single "These 3 Things." The track is from the Montreal art punks' upcoming third LP, Room Inside the World, out February 16. It'll be the band's Merge Records debut and will follow up their great 2015 album, Sun Coming Down – just listen to it already!
Ought's neurotic, jittery approach to art rock and post-punk really impressed me on their latest album. Still room for improvement, but very impressive.
Montreal post-punk act Ought has a new album called Sun Coming Down out September 18 on Constellation. Try out the lead single up there and here's a reminder Anthony dug the band's debut More Than Any Other Day last year:
Montreal's Ought displays a pretty wide set of influences on this debut record of theirs, including experimental folk rock to tracks that blend sounds of Midwest emo with the dismal emotions of bands like Slint.
Recent Constellation Records signees Ought have just dropped the first song to be released from their forthcoming debut LP on the legendary Montreal label. The album is dropping on April 29th, and is titled More Than Any Other Day.
Admittedly, I'm a bit of a sucker for wordy rock 'n' roll with eccentric vocalists. I occasionally have to remind myself to really wonder if what I'm hearing is actually good, or if the band in question is just scratching some insatiable itch of mine.
Yes, Ought does scratch that itch, but I think there's something truly genuine and moving about the slow-burning instrumentation and erratic vocal delivery of "Habit." Singer Tim Beeler's voice doesn't feel too different from that of a young David Byrne, and the guitars on this track sound like something out of a Midwestern emo release from the mid-90s. The instrumentation grows in intensity as the music progresses, and the band lifts these guitars and drums with some wonderful strings and electric piano.
At the finish line, "Habit" gets pretty noisy. I suppose the wailing strings and repeated shouts of "I FEEL A HABIT FORMING," are giving off "Heroin" vibes as well. And that's not just an aesthetic comparison either, because Ought creates a similar kind of magic, I think. Enjoy!