The Montreal quartet Ought debuted in 2014 with More than Any Other Day, a taut collection that worshipped at the tense, nervy throne of high-strung post-punks like Talking Heads, Joy Division and the Feelies. Prime influences to be sure, but Ought brought enough anthemic panache to differentiate themselves.
For their third album Room Inside the World, Ought have signed with indie powerhouse Merge, and learned to let things their knotty compositions unwind and breathe just a touch, if only so the eventually catharsis will hit that much harder. For their single "These 3 Things," the group nod to the morse code tick-tock beat of Manchester but swaddle their jagged grooves with a woozy synth line that gives their tales of ennui a bit of newfound louche glamour.
While he hasn't lost an inch of his distinctive intensity, frontman Tim Darcy has deepened and smoothed out his cutting yelp, embracing his inner crooner to glide across the glistening tension of "These 3 Things," doing what he can to outrun the stress of the world for just a little while longer.
Today's song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Weird Ways" by Strand of Oaks, from the 2019 album Eraserland on Dead Oceans.
Today's song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "West is my Home II" by Essam, from the 2018 self-released album 12.12.
Today's song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "Sympacide" by Pion, from the 2018 Sympacide EP on Entreprise.