Published Sep 09, 2015Concealer is a perfect mix of melodic folk tendencies and pounding electronic punk that refuses to make room for saccharine simplicity. As a duo reminiscent of pioneering two-person electronic acts like Suicide, Concealer's sound is both familiar and distinctive; their debut LP, Fêted:Fetid, has syncopated retro drum machines that leave you a sensation not unlike that which follows feeling steady ocean waves for hours.
Both veterans of the Edmonton scene, songwriter Mark Davis provides vocals that rest on DJ and keyboardist mismannered's stark, droning electronic backdrop. On "Never Know," Davis's lyrics describe ploughing forward into an eerie descent and a loss of perspective. "Your Master's Wishes" and "Curses" are two tracks that stand out for creating a dark, desirous mood with undertones of rigid self-discipline, while "Throw Me to the Lions" is the only track that slows down slightly from the album's overarching marching beat.
Concealer's sound has a texture that feels surprisingly varied, despite comprising of treated bass, keyboard and static-y beats. Fêted:Fetid feels around the boundaries of comfort and prods the soft spots of convention in all the right ways. (Coax)