Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, perfection makes Odonis Odonis nervous, Ice Cream celebrate shiny things, and Hamilton's Born Wrong launch an 11-song barrage.
Odonis Odonis, "Nervous"
The last two times I saw Odonis Odonis, they covered the Nitzer Ebb EBM standard "Join in the Chant." Bandleader Dean Tzenos once gave us a primer on industrial. It seems disingenuous to simply call them a Toronto post-punk band any longer. "Nervous," their latest, bows deeper to those darker electronic impulses. The track traces the dissonance between how we see ourselves and how we wish to present ourselves to others, the band tells The FADER, especially regarding the way our digital resources have augmented that disharmony. It is a conflict between immaterial notions of perfection and the flesh, which feels inherently flawed.
Odonis Odonis' Post Plague is out June 17 on Telephone Explosion and felte.
Ice Cream, "Veronica"
Transmitted overtop the mechanical rhythm and machine noise of a factory floor, Toronto post-punk duo Ice Cream have penned a love song to an automaton. The titular Veronica is "a gleaming queen from her toes to her neck," "a perfect little shell" with "nothing interesting to tell." And still — maybe because of that — we're enchanted. It is a celebration of surfaces; it is about the admiration of form. Whether that's meant sincerely or not, it is no doubt easy to fall in love with shiny things. And sometimes, we ourselves become those shiny things in the eyes of others.
Ice Cream's Love, Ice Cream is out June 3 on Bad Actors Inc.
Born Wrong, Born Wrong
With a stream of EPs and singles dropped throughout their half decade, Hamilton hardcore act Born Wrong deliver their first long player (11 tracks running just under 20 minutes). The self-titled collection makes good on their impactful and recommended live show: high-test punk blitzes, in and out in two minutes or less, each point — be it about responsible development or military duty — driven in by quick and successive, blunt, full-force strikes.