Exclaim Staff Pick! for August 15, 2022: CHAI, Heaps, Domo Genesis


Photos (clockwise from top left): Heaps by Mike Neal, Florist by Carl Solether, CHAI by Yoshio Nakaiso, Domo Genesis by Alan-Michael Duval

Posted on August 15, 2022

As Harry Styles prepares to make (a city in) Canada his home tonight, we have some more new in-house music selections to share. Here, you’ll find albums and songs that are perhaps appropriate for listening at a sushi restaurant or while drinking a dirty (gritty, rotten) chai latte in the park – or better yet, becoming the moon.

As always, you can see what’s new in our album reviews section for deep dives into even more recent music releases.

Era Badge Set
“Conspiring with Nature”
(Telephone Blast)

On “Conspiring with Nature”, Badge Époque Ensemble continues on its path of soft but sinuous psychedelia. The last taste of their next album clouds of joy oscillates between airy harmonies and flowing instrumental sections – occupying each of the track’s seven minutes with purpose. If a sunny afternoon with a coffee in the park is calling your name, this might be your perfect soundtrack.
Sydney Brazil


Even when CHAI sings about insecurity, loneliness or the ills of society, the effervescent Japanese quartet is always looking for that little bit of sunshine. Forget pink glasses – CHAI prefers candy-coated glasses, their bright-eyed worldview built on pristine grooves and puzzle box melodies. On “My Dream,” hopeful and full of hope, CHAI ponders the future with all the bravery and wonder they are known for, tackling the unknown with a sense of grace and fearlessness.
Kaelen Bell

Domo Genesis
Intros, Outros and Interludes
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Still a steady, contemplative voice with Odd Future at its peak, Domo Genesis continues to sustain the stately, stoned rumination on Intros, Outros and Interludes, his second release entirely produced by Evidence. Compared to their debut in 2018 Aren’t you happy with yourself, the rhymes are sharper and the fuzzy instrumental loops are taut, the product of more lively searing chemistry than before. It’s clear the Californian feels it too, sharing closer “Tallulah,” “I’m more in this bag than I’ve ever been.”
Calum Slingerland

(Double Double Whammy)

Born out of a blend of love, loss and the power of family and friendship, Florist’s self-titled new effort – 19 tracks recorded over several foggy summer nights in the Hudson Valley – finds the group at the intersection of siting new lands and falling in love with each other all over again. Coming together for the first time since Emily Sprague’s solo project Emily Alone, the band sings about hard-earned lessons in catharsis, letting unpolished edges play out like a candid moment in time.
Kayla Higgins

Little Blue

Growing up together in Kawartha Lakes, Heaps (Tanner Paré, Fred Kwon and Warren Frank, formerly of the Kents) behave with flippant confidence knowing who they’ve become in each other’s company. They look over their shoulders at the question they first asked on their 2020 debut What are heaps? with airy clarity on their new EP, where the bright dream-pop guitar of “Didn’t Matter Anyway” gives way to the understated soulful mantra of “Laid Back” before the latter morphs into a glitchy post-rocker forward. its second minute.
Megan LaPierre

Tony Molina
In the fade
(Running for Cover / Summer Shade)

Power pop miniaturist Tony Molina is back with another batch of one-minute masterpieces, stylistically falling somewhere between 2014’s Weezer rigging Dissed and rejected and the 60s pop classicism of 2016 face the truth.
Alex Hudson

Tedeschi truck band
I am the moon: III. The fall
(Fantastic Records)

Third of their quartet i am the moon project composed of both albums and films, III. The fall shows Tedeschi Trucks Band distilled in its pure form. Each of the six tracks in this chapter – which will naturally morph and stretch as the band performs them live on tour after the collection wraps later this month with IV. Goodbye — establishes itself as a showcase for the diverse genre influences of the legendary jam band, moving through blues, soul, rock, roots, funk and elements of psychedelia, all in less than 30 minutes.
Allie Gregoire


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