CFCF 'Exercises' (album stream)

CFCF 'Exercises' (album stream)
Following a stellar string of recent mini-releases, CFCF is back with Paper Bag Records for Exercises. The record doesn't drop until April 24, but you can now stream the eight-track collection at Exclaim.ca.

These solemn piano- and synth-based pieces are deeply nostalgic but don't succumb to the hazy production values and retro-pop leanings of many of CFCF mastermind Michael Silver's electronic-minded peers. As a press release rightly notes, Exercises "is all snowy walkways and long corridors, endless escalators ascending to desolate concrete plateaus." That seems like a fitting a description for these low-key tracks.

Each of the songs is named "Exercise" (followed by a parenthetical subtitle), and all but one is an instrumental. Only the David Sylvian cover "Exercise #5 (September)," which reworks the classic opener from 1987's Secrets of the Beehive, contains vocals.

A press release notes that influences for this collection include Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Borden, plus "institutional architecture and '70s Canadiana." Soak it all in below.

UPDATE: This stream was available for one week only and is no longer available.