Sound Advice: Dearly Beloved's Who Wants to Know 7"
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Sound Advice: Dearly Beloved’s Who Wants to Know 7″

The latest output from one of Toronto's hardest-working bands.

Dearly Beloved is among a particular breed of band that thrives on the infinite cycle of touring and recording, incapable of ever being quiet. Before traipsing off to Europe this summer, they’re leaving us with a limited-edition 7” vinyl record to remember them by. While the two tracks—”Who Wants to Know” and “Resolution”—only add up to about 10 minutes in length, they pack enough attitude and purposeful chaos to meet the standard set by their previous five releases.

Nearly impossible to pin down, Dearly Beloved’s sound has been described as stoner, desert, and punk rock. Who Wants to Know continues with those flavours, adding dashes of psych, classic rock, and even a bit of alt-country. A departure from the adrenaline-injected frenzy that was 2014’s Enduro, this album offers a laid-back vibe that evokes visions of sun-drenched drives with the windows down and feet up on the dash.

Like popping on the sonic cruise control, both tracks favour elongated notes to staccatos, smooth melodies to sharp peaks and valleys, spoken words to shouts, and muddy bass lines to articulated runs. However, there are still plenty of trashy guitars, Theremin squeals, and well-placed screams to ward off any accusation of going soft.

Perhaps as a result of all the time spent together in tour vans and recording studios, the symbiosis between founders Rob Higgins and Niva Chow is evident on every Dearly Beloved release, and this 7″ is no exception. A growing vocal presence with each passing album, the songwriting is now tailored to show off Chow’s unique sound alongside Higgins’s.

Who Wants to Know officially drops on July 11, with a stream of the title track available on their Bandcamp until then. Join Dearly Beloved at the Silver Dollar that night for what promises to be a rowdy 7″ release and tour-kickoff party.