Published Jun 12, 2020Toronto duo Phèdre weave space-borne verses into muffled soundscapes with uncanny grace, producing a trademark sound that blends disco, post-punk, electro, psychedelia and everything in between.
On their new record, of which most was written and recorded in 2013, Daniel Lee and April Aliermo of Hooded Fang ditch playful conversationality for succinct doomsday poetry. Their self-titled debut sparkled with whimsicality, and GOLDEN AGE grew increasingly apocalyptic. In ETERNA this darkness culminates, as the two trade glitz and glamour for grim and grime. It is an ecstatic ode to the end of the world, subdued and obscured by scattered rhythms and hollowed-out vocals.
Hazy space imagery carries "ZENITH," and "COCOON" interrupts the everyday horrors of a 9-to-5 job with Earth's collapse. Washed out echoes merge with slurring synths on "PASSENGER," a menacing rendition of Iggy Pop's hit of the same name. "ETERNA" seals the deal, singing "When it's all over / We're a supernova."
Phèdre's happy-go-lucky days appear to be over. ETERNA is haunting, hectic, and danceably hopeless. Fans of the glittery experimental pop through which they made their name might be disappointed, but those who have been aching to see Phèdre fully embody their edge will be eager to join their party at the end of the world.