Absolutely Free is a trio based in Toronto. The group formulates musical experiments based on
instrumentation, compositional structure and other formal qualities ubiquitous to popular rock
music. Following years of touring and releasing albums with defunct art punk band
DD/MM/YYYY, the members of Absolutely Free set out to create a more hypnotic, patient music
that integrates analog electronics, African polyrhythms, psychedelia, Bollywood and Krautrock.
Having released a series of well received singles, UFO/Glass Tassel (2012) and On The
Beach/Clothed Woman, Sitting (2013), Absolutely Free entered the studio with producer Mike
Haliechuk (Fucked Up, Austra) and set out for an ambitious debut, melding elements of their
favourite rock & contemporary records spanning the last several decades. While their singles
served as brief introductions to their sound spectrum, Absolutely Free. is a proper introduction
and perfect example of their ability to hone a diverse spectrum while maintaining a unified
narrative. The result displays fragments of Phil Spector, Kraftwerk, Terry Riley, Gang of Four &
Absolutely Free have played festivals such as Le Guess Who, Villette Sonique, SXSW, NXNE,
Pop Montreal and CMJ. They've performed with the likes of Beak, Dan Deacon, Metz and
toured EU with Youth Lagoon.
They are currently working on a feature length film score, commissioned remixes, and the third
installment in their singles series.
The song [U.F.O] reaches optimal zone-out potential before introducing its winsome, wandering melody. That sense
of idyll, however is dramatically upended by an urgent chorus whose heart-racing tribal percussion infects the song
for its duration, leading to a mercilessly cacophonous conclusion.
- Pitchfork Media (UFO Track Review) *Best New Track
"On the Beach", may showcase their ever-evolving facility for grandiose, percussive psychedelic pop, but the flip,
"Clothed Woman, Sitting" is even more audacious. It's like an entire day condensed into 12 inches: pulsating
analog-synth tones summon the first rays of the morning while an emergent motorik bedtrack mimics the
daydream-inducing locomotive hum of a subway commute downtown, before a calamitous, machine-gunned
climax rudely thrusts us into the concrete-encased chaos of the urban jungle.
- Pitchfork Media (Clothed Woman, Sitting Track Review)
As Absolutely Free they still make complex, time signature-shifting music, but this was less manic, less skronky with
decidedly groovier rhythms. (For me, that's a definitely an "Oh Yeah.") I don't think we've got a full picture of what
these guys are capable of.
- Brooklyn Vegan
Neo-psychedelia and techno-based krautrock have definitely made friends on this cut from these Torontonians.
Sounds like Wayne Coyne sitting down at the computer with Kraftwerk, and then they all do their thing.
- Alan Cross
Watch out for the next time these guys play a show, because they are an absolute revelation live.