Montreal’s latest synth-pop dreamweavers, Bodywash (formerly known as Cult Classic), are set to unveil their forthcoming eponymous EP on November 28th. For those of us who can’t wait to get a taste of the new album, though, you can hear the exclusive premiere of their single “Nothing At All” only on The Main below.
Bodywash have been crafting a fuzzed-out sound that pulls together early sonic yesteryears of synth-pop outfits like Small Black in the sweetest, softest way possible. Like awaking from a deep dreamy sleep, “Nothing At All” seeps in with twinkling ‘80s-like synths and ambient white noise, quickly snapping to life with spacious and dazed guitar strums.Their sound, a driving electronic production at its core, soars with highs and lows as if through a complex synth-pop-scored fantasy. The intricate guitar work is swallowed up by hazy synths, held together effortlessly by the velvety voice of singer and guitarist Chris Steward. But the silky vocals are soon washed away by bittersweet sonic treasures covering immense ground, likened to the instrumentation of Beach House and Montreal’s TOPS. It’s an innocent, trying, and daring single that draws together more focus than even some of their more seasoned counterparts.
The Montreal band was brought together by university, but members hail from places as far-flung as London and Kuala Lumpar. A press release notes that the outfit has been making “sad and sexy music” for the past two years, establishing their own “distinctive brand of cream pop” and layering “thick grooves under ethereal pop melodies and psychedelic textures.” The band credits everything from the dream pop of Slowdive, the Cocteau Twins, Deerhunter, Beach House and the Radio Dept. to other Montreal-based artists like Homeshake with influencing their sound.
Bodywash marks a significant departure from their previously recorded output as Cult Classic, shaped by the landscape and vibrant emerging music scene in Montreal. The four tracks on the EP were recorded by the band across the last 3 months at the McGill recording studios, produced by Steward and mixed by Will Bennett.
Bodywash’s EP arrives on November 28th, but The Main is proud to exclusively premiere the track “Nothing At All”. Give it a spin in the player above and pick up your tickets for their EP release show on November 28th at La Vitrola here or at the door.