Albums, Music, The Revue — April 25, 2016 at 7:00 am

Programm – “A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion”

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When Programm first arrived on the scene in January 2015 with their stunning debut single “Like the Sun” and that was shortly proceeded by the EP of the same name, it was easy to label the Toronto quartet as another dreamy electro-pop band. The release of their debut full-length, A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion, however, demonstrates that Programm is more than just a one-trick pony.

Two of the cosmic songs on their EP are smartly included and they bookend the album, helping to balance out the newer tracks that are darker and more trance-oriented. The aforementioned “Like the Sun” opens the album with aplomb. While the tune may be closing in on 18 months of age, it sounds as fresh as it then, a song that is rejuvenating and breathtaking. “Zerozerozero” is dense and stunning, offering the feeling that one is suspended in space while the beauty of the planet spins beneath your feet.

In between, the band delves into everything from darkwave to industrial to trip-hop to shoegaze. “Everything At Once” is fantastic. The song brilliantly captures the dense and moody atmosphere of Joy Division. “Underneath” travels down a similar path as Massive Attack with a scintillating, hypnotic tune that doesn’t feel like it belongs on this planet. “Waiting”, meanwhile, mimics Public Service Broadcasting with its NASA-esque vibe. But unlike the popular English duo who use actual snippets from NASA launches, co-frontman Jacob Soma provides the spatial vocals.

“Chemical Fires” offers something completely different. Moving away from the synth-focused approach of the other songs, Programm look to My Bloody Valentine for inspiration. This shoegaze track is terrific. Building slowly and driven by crystalline guitars, the song takes us on trippy journey, where at one moment we feel like we’re just gliding through the clouds but by the end of the song we are plummeting controllably down to earth. Programm, however, release the parachute with the lush and melodic “On That Day”. Jackie Game’s angelic vocals float above the calm keys and humming synths. Close your eyes while listening to this track to fully experience its enchantment.

For that matter, the entire A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion should be heard while in a relaxed state to truly appreciate what Programm have created. For thirty-five minutes, they’ll take you away to a destination that can, for the vast majority of us, be imagined in our minds. It’s a wonderful place to reside, where the spiritual and the impossible coexist.

A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion is out now via the Hand Recordings. Get it at the label’s storeiTunes, and Amazon. Hear the album in its entirety on SoundCloud.

Programm are Jacob Soma (guitar, vocals), Jackie Game (bass, vocals) Mark Game (keys, synth), and Andrew Reesor (drums). Follow them at Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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