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Nothing from Waterloo has any right being as cool as Bocce‘s indie poptronic, but with their latest self-released album, Disambiguation, available now for free or as a pay-what-you-want download, a bunch more bodies will probably get sucked into their irresistable tech-assisted regular-guy beats (and personalities).
With their rock-infused electronic energy, Bocce easily join a growing group of Canadian knob-twiddlers who can fill venues as easily as their long-loved indie-rock counterparts—good pals with the Bellwoods ilk, Bocce have appeared on Friends in Bellwoods 2 as well as headlined various affiliate shows, always turning the place into a packed, night-long highly anticipated dance party. The live-tested (and proved) two-keyboard/drums/vocals operation that makes Disambiguation starts with a primarily instrumental blueprint as “Michael Collins (Astronaut)” builds into a thick wall of Holy Fuck atmospherics in which electronic lovers and doubters alike can rejoice, while the pure synth radio pop of “Highlighter (Reverse Video)” (streaming above) is as fuzzy-warm and sweet as the Brat Pack movie you’ll swear it could have come from. On “Bachelor (Satisfied Fool),” Bocce shows a side fierce enough to battle other local synth-rats Woodhands for nice-guy kings of the nerd-club dance floor.
The synthesized bits that Bocce employ end up sounding anything but—in its best moments, Disambiguation is an infectious and exciting pop record, and even when it strains, it’s human enough to make it hard to look away.