Alberta duo Dear Rouge are finally releasing their latest full length album, and I for one am completely obsessed with it.
I’ve been digging Dear Rouge since I first heard their single “I heard I had” on the radio months ago. I made sure to catch them live when they passed through Toronto, and was pleasantly surprised by the calibre of their live show, as well as the new material they were teasing us with. Now that tease has turned over into gratification, because Black to Gold is here.
Black to Gold floats above the concept of genre, melding cinematic pop with elements of the electronic, resulting in a hazy, ungraspable creation that entertains, inspires and soothes all at the same time. The 11 song album opens with the title track, a modern ode to the electronic and pop infused eighties club tracks of yore. “Best Look lately” finds Dear Rouge channeling their inner Phoenix in a song that I can easily imagine becoming the indie music summer anthem we’ve been craving this whole hellish winter and now lifeless spring. “I heard I had” finds its permanent home on the record, bringing that indie rock sound that drew now die-hard fans to Dear Rouge in the first place. Singer Danielle McTaggart is a vocal chameleon on this album. From throaty songstress to indie pop powerhouse, each song is further brought to life by her beautiful voice. Drew McTaggart shines behind her with his skill on the guitar in piano, but does get a rare chance to show off his own pipes. “October Second” is a vocal love letter sung by (girl and boy) to each other, a simple, almost folky duet between two whose partnership runs deeper than music, but couldn’t have existed without it. The synthy track “Kids wanna know” takes the listener right back to the 80s – it’s easy to imagine a sequined clad and laser lit Dear Rouge performing this track in a glorious music video fit for the long over glory days of Much Music.
It’s a beautiful thing when a highly anticipated album proves to be every bit as amazing as you hoped it would, and Black to Gold exceeded even my lofty expectations. You can bet it will be my spring soundtrack, warming me from the inside out until the weather comes to its senses and I can see the band live again at one of their many festival stops this summer.
Black to Gold will be available for purchase starting this week. Catch Dear Rouge when they come through your city this summer.