She-Devils The Garrison, Toronto ON, February 14

She-Devils The Garrison, Toronto ON, February 14
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
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"There's a place where we can go right here if you let me take you," singer Audrey Ann teased at the beginning of the unreleased track She-Devils opened their set with last night (February 14). Served over a wobbling, drifty carnival theme noisemaker Kyle Jukka spun together, it was all in line with the hypnotic,'60s surf-glancing art pop of the duo's self-titled EP, and the lyric was a fitting intro to the pop-sweetened phantasmagoria the duo was about to swirl across the room.

Over the following half hour, Ann delivered sultry, retro-minded songs that floated out as if produced from an off-balance music box, while Jukka interrupted the loops with noise flourishes that pulled and stabbed at the fabric of reality just violently enough that it could all still spring back into place, making She-Devils's cocktail hypnotism all the more effective. It was an apt acknowledgement of Valentine's Day at Wavelength Music Festival, to be sure.