The debut album by Women was recorded by label-mate Chad VanGaalen over 4 months on ghettoblasters and old tape machines in his basement, an outdoor culvert and a crawlspace. Sometimes light and spacious, at other times eerie and dense with an ominous weight, this self titled album touches upon Velvet Underground, The Zombies or This Heat while not really having any obvious precursors – a lo-fi masterpiece cloaked in layers of vibrato and guitar wash.
Noisy and claustrophobic songs smash through junkyard trash brawls while others lift and soar across the landscape of 50’s-informed pop; a contradiction and an enigma, the debut album by Women will find its way onto summer bike ride mixes and the turntables of record store devotees.
In 2008, Women plans to tour Canada, the United States and Europe in support of their new self-titled album.
".... straddles the 1960s' divide between the Warhol crowd's speed-addled New York cynicism and the echoes of psychedelic San Francisco."
"Clearly one of the finest Canadian albums you haven’t yet heard."
"Fans of Deerhoof and the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s My Bloody Underground should be blown away by Women, and it’s only their debut."
- Pop Matters
"At its own pace, in its own way, the best “indie rock” record released this year. Hands down "
- Coke Machine Glow
"5/5 As dreamy as it is noisy, this debut by Calgary's upper-case Women is already becoming one of my favourites of the year."
- Edmonton Sun
""Black Rice" and "Group Transport Hall" could hold
their own with anything off Pet Sounds or at least the
Animal Collective's Feels."
"This is freak-rock, nursed on psychedelia and prog, but without pretense."
- VUE Weekly
"...this four-piece is going to be one on the lips of a slew of critics at year end..."
"...like VanGaalen's best songs, it gets better with each listen"
- Gorilla Vs Bear
"Black Rice’ is a tasty primer, ointment to the ears of Shins fans and with an easy charm that gives it a pleasing feeling of spontaneity"