By Ross Jones
The textured cover art of ‘Basement Revolver’ – the introductory EP of the Hamilton, Ontario trio of the same name – is an enlightening image that bears essence of the release and the group as a whole. A scrapbook cover of fond cut-outs and thought-out layers, harking to a reminiscent time of growing up and the anxieties in finding love. It’s a welcoming hand into the rich composition of a mightily mature release for a group in the stages of finding themselves.
Thematically swimming within the context of familial ties, loss at a developmental age and events changing the perception of life, Basement Revolver create beautifully considered and emotionally empathetic music through their gradual, slight of hand use of atmospheric instrumentals and Chrisy Hurn’s vivid representation within a verse. ‘Johnny’ can crack a heart of stone – it’s tender worry of losing the one you love to someone else symbolises the overwhelming passion love instils, smoothly distorted rhythms caress rather than collide. The carefully built structure of ‘Lake, Steel, Oil’ represents the cold steel of the city outside the calm of home – breaking and washing away as the mountainous sonics burst and overwhelm. Hurn remains encompassed and vital throughout, conducting not just the atmosphere surrounding her but the way in which she composes herself as everything happens around her.
In a small yet much valued space, Basement Revolver deliver four acts that coalesce to create something that marks a time. A momentous summer, a pivotal day, a nostalgic moment. ‘Basement Revolver’ is a stunning document on emotional growth.