“Freakxshow” reminds of the successfully experimental dark crevices of David Bowie and Scott Walker, with the Toronto-based project Gaura Sange projecting a haunting and unforgettable sound. Driven by percussion made from household objects, “Freakxshow” also rides on ominous, quivering vocals and nocturnal synth lines, in addition to otherworldly backing sounds that resemble a robotic whimper. The “ah-uh” vocal bits – followed by “I’m your freak show,” around 01:45 – is a particularly resounding moment, injecting some infectiousness into the delectably dark and murky soundscape.
“I feel that computers are extremely intimate and emotional objects in our lives, and rather than accept the idea that electronic/computer music is inherently robotic and unfeeling, I want to explore the emotional complexities that can be achieved working with a laptop,” Gaura Sange says. “A big part of that comes from using organic sounds of household objects and the human voice, and pushing their sonic qualities with extensive processing.”