Take a listen to “All I Am” from Dusted’s sophomore album Blackout Summer, out April 6 on Royal Mountain Records in Canada and Polyvinyl in the U.S. The atmospheric track features guitar and harmonic vocals from Brian Borcherdt’s wife Anna Edwards-Borcherdt, which beautifully accents the song.
Perhaps best known for being one of the founding members of the noisy electronic group Holy Fuck, Brian Borcherdt has spent years making unhinged dance music and touring relentlessly as the band’s envelope-pushing sound developed. Behind the scenes, however, Borcherdt has been writing songs of his own that branched out in dramatically different directions than his main gig. At a low-key hometown show during a holiday break, Dusted was born as an almost total antithesis to Holy Fuck’s bomb-dropping sound.
This new album, Blackout Summer follows the acclaimed 2012 debut, Total Dust, for which Dusted captivated crowds supporting Great Lake Swimmers, Perfume Genius and A Place To Bury Strangers. In addition to steady touring, Dusted also made a cameo on screen in Jean-Marc Vallée’s 2014 film Wild.
Blackout Summer is an amazingly consistent and emotionally focused statement. Each song creates its own world of texture and narrative, and all nine of these worlds interlock with the same strange, hazy emotion. The collection winds through floating ambience and dark, moody rockers, but every disparate moment somehow feels connected. Dusted’s fuzzy landscapes, dream-like production and buzzing melodies all congeal, burying Borcherdt’s twisted take on pop under layers of that all-important haze.