The first in the [Blocks Recording Club Digital Singles] series is a new single by Toronto's the Torrent, an electronically-enhanced avant-rock group featuring Mike E.B. of the Hidden Cameras and Cameron Groves. Released ahead of their forthcoming LP, Leonora Moreno, "Life Boat" is a delicious bit of downer
pop anchored by a minimal drumbeat, swaying strings, droning electric guitar and lamenting monotone vocals, which united slide somewhere in between one of Stephin Merritt's 69 Love Songs and the solo work of Calvin Johnson and Michael Gira. On the flipside, “Leopold Bloom" is all guitar, channelling the distorted coolness of the Jesus & Mary Chain.
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