STREAM: Boyhood - "amaryllis killis"

Here's "amaryllis killis" by Boyhood, arty pop experimenters who played the Ottawa Explosion showcase at l'Esco during POP Montreal this year. It's off their latest release bits n' bobs, which starts off with what could be categorized as a few "songs" before things get a little more fragmented (not like this record begins all sheen pop or anything).

They make abstract lo-fi tunes, synthier than their fellow Bruised Tongue tape aficionados Roberta Bondar (read an interview with them here), grooving along to a drum machine for a bunch of swaying Ottawans and curious Montrealers. The guy rocking the Korg was either completely engrossed in his two-note lines or bored as hell — for the few songs I saw he never looked up to give me an idea.

Though this was the Ottawa Explosion show at POP, Boyhood were only one of two bands from the capital city (along with The Yips), the rest of the lineup being filled out with Nap Eyes and Monomyth from Halifax, Strange Attractor from Sudbury and the violent punk rock of Calgary's Hag Face (read about their show at the Craft Singles showcase here).