Noise-pop is a tricky term to throw around, because a lot depends on which of the two words are being emphasized here. In the case of Toronto-based duo Some Minor Noise, whose Anachronisms LP is out today, and streaming here, it’s a pretty neck and neck race, but with the pop side of the binary edging things out in the end. Tracks like “Melting” are certainly evocative of that other Canadian electronic noise-pop duo who turned video game effects into punk rebellion, but the tune is too catchy to devolve into the sonics.
“Anachronisms is an album of songs that were mostly made about two years ago, right after our first EP, and long before we made Understanding, Coffers and Aeroplanes,” the duo’s Wayne Doe says of the production. “To me, it is a bridge between the first EP and what we are headed towards. We didn’t want these songs to just die quietly. It is a chapter in our personal history that we are closing, and we would like to send it out into the world so we can get back to focusing on what’s next.”
“They’re songs about boys, going crazy and the summer. The usual,” added vocalist Jane Void.
“Hitching”, one track that skews toward the more chaotic in terms of noise effects dirtying up the tone, is a bit more serious, she says. “It’s about being homeless in both the metaphorical and literal sense of the word. Hitchhiking aimlessly til you feel like your legs are going to fall off, and you just keep going. Floating from and to nothing. Signs that read ‘anywhere but here’, no matter where you are.”
Anachronisms is available for purchase now.