I’ve spent the best part of six hours at the time of writing listening to Exploding Secret Laughter. That’s Faux Canada‘s debut EP, not… well, whatever it may literally be. After these six hours or so, I can confirm a few things: I’m still infatuated with Rebecca Bortman, I still very much miss My First Earthquake, and I absolutely adore Faux Canada.
They’re a little more accessible than MFE were way back when it was 2009. It’s former My First Earthquake-member Dave ‘The Anti-Rave’ Lean who has emerged from the rubble of the split to form Faux Canada and take the microphone. Chad and Andre haven’t re-entered the music world as of yet, as their respective new babies sadly need their fathers to take sabbaticals from being awesome musicians.
Bortman – the person you wish you could be – has managed to make an appearance on Exploding Secret Laughter however. She lends her vocals in a surprisingly delicate turn to the wonderfully summer-suited track ‘A Coruja’ in a substantial way. With her own project Happy Fangs well under way however (I’ve been reliably informed by Bortman that herself and Michael Cobra are heading back into a studio very soon), her appearance in Faux Canada is a fleeting one.
Quite alright though, because Dave – with the help of Alejandro Soini, who was a former band-mate of Dave’s in Sir Salvatore - has created something pretty spectacular in Faux Canada. ‘La Broheme’ is a stunning way to open the group’s account, and a fantastic toe-tapping track in its own right.
Exploding Secret Laughter is a jovial success, a great first entry that embodies the ‘let’s make fun music’ spirit of My First Earthquake in a truly rewarding way. Parting ways with a mere $4 in exchange for Faux Canada’s debut is a very good idea.