"Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of god, tell a joke." That's a Joss Whedon quote. But it could have been a quip by Devon Welsh of Montreal duo Majical Cloudz. Once again, he and Matthew Otto have released a record of gutsy, bare-bones, emotionally charged synth hymns. Once again, Welsh - heir to Ian Curtis and Leonard Cohen - traverses bleak territory, nights of "red wine and sleeping pills," "cheap sex and sad films." But then he jokes about his head splitting open in Silver Car Crash, a love song inspired by Warhol, and the best vehicular fetish electronic noise jam since Warm Leatherette.
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