Release Date: May 19, 2017
Record label: Secretly Canadian
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Experimental Rock
There's a seductive charm to the eponymous debut album by Montreal duo She-Devils that permeates the entire record. As singer Audrey Ann Boucher beckons the listener on opening track "Come," producer Kyle Jukka's synth-washed soundscape seems to draw one deeper and deeper into the world of She-Devils, a warm hold that doesn't let go for the record's 40-minute duration. It's immediately clear that She-Devils know exactly what they're doing, and their debut LP is a full-scale introduction to their vividly reimagined throwback sound.
Making their full-length debut, Montreal art pop duo She-Devils incorporate layered tape loops into playfully off-kilter tunes. Behind the group's fondness for '60s French pop, surf rock, and Andy Warhol are musician/soundscaper Kyle Jukka and Audrey Ann Boucher, a visual artist who only began singing and making music after meeting Jukka when they were crashing in the same communal rehearsal space. The two hit it off and began experimenting with sound together, then played shows for several months before recording a self-titled EP.
Audrey Ann Boucher and Kyle Jukka paired up several years ago when sharing residence at a band rehearsal space. The fact that Boucher had little noteworthy singing experience didn't give them pause. Soon gaining notice from the likes of Grimes and others, She-Devils put out a self-titled EP in early 2016. Its leadoff track, "Come", introduces this She-Devils as well, refurbished and stripped of its springy go-go guitar riff.
Following their extremely low-key 2016 EP, Montreal based art-rock duo She-Devils have been caught in a whirlwind of touring and self-promotion. Opening up for fellow weirdos such as Majical Cloudz and Lydia Ainsworth, they quickly built up a cult like following and a reputation for intimate, if not trippy live performances and trance-like grooves. After signing to indie giants Secretly Canadian, whose rosters includes anybody from the War On Drugs, Yoko Ono, Jens Lekman, Whitney, and Anohni, She-Devils have settled gracefully in a nest between cult heroes, indie giants, and avant-garde specialists.
The most surprising thing about the debut full-length from She-Devils is just how accomplished it sounds. The duo's backstory has you ready for something pretty messy and discordant; Audrey Ann Boucher and Kyle Jukka met four years ago, two scrappy kids just about getting by in the arts scene in the Mile-Ex neighbourhood of Montreal. You get the impression that they were as inspired by the visual arts, especially film, as they were music - Audrey had never played any of the latter before forming this band.