Vancouver collective Crack Cloud made one of the best debuts of 2020 with Pain Olympics, a phantasmagoric, post-apocalyptic dancerock epic that crackles with creative energy. If you haven't checked it out, you can listen to the whole thing below, and here's a bit of our Indie Basement review:
The album opens with "Post Truth (Birth Of A Nation), a song that frankensteins breakbeat rhythms, otherworldly vocals a la the '60s Star Trek theme, mellotron flutes, chanted vocals, and demented synths into a funky end-times party. That's how you start a record! The rest of Pain Olympics, which packs a lot into its 30-minute running time, follows suit, incorporating other genres and styles into their arsenal for a confident, surprisingly cohesive, grand guignol listen.