XXXX (Paper Bag)
Abbotsford, BC’s You Say Party! We Say Die! have redirected their sound into a new wave aesthetic on their fourth album. The synths are more present than ever, the drum production has an 80s feel, and many of the songs call to mind New Order or Talking Heads. Becky Ninkovic’s vocals, equally ghostly and emotive, complete the picture. XXXX is more than just pastiche, however. Songs like Lonely’s Lunch, She’s Spoken For and Glory, a callback to their earlier sound, reveal a chemistry that is entirely this band’s own.
Top track: Lonely’s Lunch
You Say Party! We Say Die! play the Phoenix November 20.