You miss Broken Social Scene and your life stopped when The Stills called it quits? Comprised of The Stills’ Dave Hamelin and Liam O’Neil and BSS’s drummer Justin Peroff, Eight and a Half propose a chill, yet sophisticated take on 80s-soaked electro indie pop. Immersed in Cold War melancholia reminiscent of the Pet Shop Boys at their dreamiest (The Turn Around), Eight and a Half‘s best moments appear to be their strangest: Walked Into Diazepene mesmerizes, with its sonic landscapes consisting of bleeps, twirls and four-to-the-floor rhythms, conjuring up wha, Radiohead might have sounded like if Thom Yorke hadn’t suddenly become allergic to pop song structures. In the end, Eight and a Half prove to be unquestionably alluring, and if they stick around long enough, they’ve built a nice foundation on which to create something even more high-flying the next time around.
Eight and a Half