Toronto's Odonis Odonis released their Better EP on April 16 of last year. Exactly one year later (minus one day), the Dean Tzenos-led project will follow it up with a full-length. The long-in-the-works Hard Boiled Soft Boiled will be out on April 15 through Buzz Records.
Interestingly, the album is broken into two distinct halves. The opening Half Boiled side is described in a press release as "a strict machine of industrial proportions and clamour," with sonic touchstones including Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy and Wire.
As for the subsequent Soft Boiled side, it's said to be "a warmer affair awash with dreamy, truly affecting melodies." Influences for this half include New Order, Slowdive and Cocteau Twins.
This approach mirrors the two-sided format of vinyl. The album was recorded during a three-week session in Vancouver with producer Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, A.C. Newman). Guests include New Pornographers members Kathryn Calder and Kurt Dahle.
The recording sessions date back several years. Tzenos began talking about Hard Boiled Soft Boiled way back in 2011, promising at the time that it would be out in the spring of 2012. Back then, he told Exclaim! that it was a "four-year-old record."
That's the album cover above. Scroll past the tracklist and the band's rather brief tour schedule to hear the Hard Boiled track "New Obsession." As promised, this song has an aggressive industrial sound that's rather unsettling. The video is similarly frightening.
The noisy prior single "Are We Friends" is included here. That video is also below.
Read an interview with Tzenos about the band's new album here.
Hard Boiled Soft Boiled:
2. Are We Friends
3. Order in the Court
4. New Obsession
5. Breathing Hard
6. Mr. Smith
8. Angus Mountain
9. Office Sluts
11. Transmission from the Moon
12. Alexa Wait
02/07 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bazaar *
02/14 Toronto, On - Adelaide Hall #
03/11-16 Austin, TX - SXSW
* with Speedy Ortiz, Krill
# with Marnie Stern, Weaves, DIANA