ROYAL CANOE – Waver // Paper Bag Records

Waver, Royal Canoe’s third album, is the band’s most eccentric project to date. The LP persistently bounces from rock to electronic to R&B to pop to hip hop, thrusting the listener through the track listing with its beat-and-lyric driven off kilter charisma. Organs and synths are expansive and haunting, and guitars are erratic and blunt. It’s cohesively kaleidoscopic and unnerving, and its uncanniness suggests that the band’s rejection of the single-genre benchmark is more of a bold embrace of nonconformity than a mistake. Despite the band’s fixation on the bizarre, they find enough time to be fairly catchy as well. One such track, “Ashes, Ashes,” features multi-instrumentalist and rapper Nnamdi Ogbannaya, whose endearing quirkiness complements Royal Canoe’s ethos. This band finds joy in irrationality, volatility and bombast—turning these otherwise off-putting idiosyncrasies on their heads.

Label: Paper Bag Records

Start with: 1, 2, 6, 10

RIYL: Rubblebucket, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J, Beck

FCC: 9, 11

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