Late Bloomer marks the beginning of a new era for electro-pop outsider Devours. Jeff Cancade, the musician behind the moniker, has emerged from the shadows and stepped into the spotlight, singing loud and clear on every one of the album's tracks. The shift from anonymous electronic producer to full-fledged singer-songwriter began on 2015's Avalon EP, and Cancade has made the full transformation with his new release.
Upon first listen, it is clear that Devours has something to say. Cancade has stated that he views himself as a late bloomer, both in terms of finding his place in the Vancouver music scene and coming out as gay at a more mature age. The album is deeply autobiographical, and its themes - love, aging, fear, denial, liberation - are illustrated and reflected upon with lyrics that are raw, honest, and unflinching.
On Late Bloomer, Devours presses reset on the whole project and brings to life a more direct, singular vision. The instrumentals have been stripped down, the sonic palette has been refined, and the overall sound is more specific and cohesive than his previous releases. With that said, Late Bloomer is still signature Devours; his trademark squiggly synths and 808 drums are on full display here, as are his exotic, unpredictable samples and overall pop sensibility.
Late Bloomer was released digitally on April 15th by Vancouver label, Locksley Tapes.
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TITLE: Late Bloomer
LABEL: Locksley Tapes
RELEASE DATE: April 15th, 2016
FORMAT: Digital only via iTunes, Bandcamp, etc.
FFO: LCD Soundsystem, Girl Talk, M83, Neon Indian
"Devours... channels the spirit of Sign 'O' The Times-era Prince while adding his own eclectofunk style to it. But instead of singing about AIDS and gender bending, he's into Kelly Kapowski and bondage; and instead of playing with a sprawling band of misfits, he's making things up alone in his bedroom."
"Devours has been pumping out digital soundscapes for a few years, but the one-man electro-pop project of Jeff Cancade gets seriously focused on Late Bloomer. The full-length release follows a pair of EPs, and has the artist mining personal pain and some 30-plus years of pop music to great effect. "
- Georgia Straight