as the title does its best to suggest, this is a rare downtempo piece by toronto’s beloved jamtronica/live trance trio, a thrilling ensemble who are no longer touring or recording together. the group was one of my favorite acts to see live, and news of their finality disappointed me to the extent that they were one of the primary reasons i drove 27 hours from austin to albany for camp bisco X (in 2011), so i could catch them one final time at a festival they regularly frequented.
i find it fascinating that in a live setting, ‘everyone be cool' wouldn't be seen as being a stylistic departure for them, a bit of an experiment in another genre; i'm pretty certain that it would be perceived as an interlude, a mellow connecting piece that exists to provide a respite between two ecstatic and electrifying jams that exemplify the band's style. similarly to EOTO concerts i've been to though, this mentality absolutely limits people's understanding of the artists' potential, in the same way that someone can be notable within their group of friends for interjections of brilliant humor, but is still undoubtedly worth listening to in times of seriousness, when they feel as if they have something important to say and want to convey it earnestly. both the new deal and EOTO have entirely worthwhile 'serious' things to say, and if you disregard these solemn moments at their shows and use them for conversation, just passing time until the momentous grooves kick back up, you're really doing these artists a disservice. 'everyone be cool' doesn't mean 'everyone tune us out until it's party mode again,' you know? stimulating textures and standout melodic abilities can shine just as brightly at slower tempos.
if all that bums you out though, here’s a post of mine in which i applaud them wholeheartedly for wrecking house with some uppity shit. but here’s some more chill stuff! anddddd, more craziness. i suppose it’s best to be able to max out both.