Dishwasher / Cotton Mouth Dishwasher / Cotton Mouth

Although Montreal trio Think About Life have been largely ignored by critics, the band seem determined to break through with myriad projects, à  la Broken Social Scene and Wolf Parade. Vocalist Martin Cesar has followed in the footsteps of guitarist Graham Van Pelt's Miracle Fortress project, releasing his music under the name Dishwasher. This split EP teams Dishwasher with fellow Montrealers Cotton Mouth. Over the first five tracks, Dishwasher stir together a fantastical set of authentic doo-wop mixed with early rock'n'roll, coyly filtering the blueprint of the Flamingos through the joie de vivre of Animal Collective. Cotton Mouth contribute four nervy, clang-y songs that sound impressively confident and unrefined. Vocalist Martin Horn conjures up the spirit of paranoia's past against a backdrop of rhythms that pulse and constrict at lovely tempos, showing this split to be a solid EP that should help further Martin Cesar's quest to be noticed. (Villa Villa Nola)