[8 February 2011]
PopMatters Associate Music Editor
I hope Subtle Lip Can have day jobs. Not because I dislike their music, but because I worry for their financial well-being. Their collective cacophony, their kitchen-sink-down-the-drain approach… Their music isn’t so much uncommercial as it is the sound of a band sprinting away from recognizable symmetry and form. But you may be wondering; is it good noise? Fair enough. After all, anyone can make a racket. Subtle Lip Can, comprised of percussion, electric guitar and violin, introduce a concept into their messy improvisation that has frequently gone unnoticed and unused. That concept is space. These three Montreal musicians give themselves plenty of it on their eponymous debut and it makes all the difference in a world full of feedback-happy amateurs with nothing but impulse on their side.