Like their namesakes searching out proof of the existence of sasquatches and other mythological creatures, Whitehorse-based art-rock band Cryptozoologists is preoccupied with futility, bogs and swamps, and a scrappy pseudoscience D.I.Y. spirit. The songs, written by primary songwriter Zach McCann-Armitage, are garage gritty but also sincere, distinctive, and literary in ambition.
In September 2020, they released their second album, Pond Life, realized at Old Crow Recordings with frequent collaborator and labelmate Patrick Hamilton. Composed of eleven songs of teetering hope, political angst, and labyrinthine quests for grace and self-acceptance, the record mixes a live, ruckus-like sound with more intimate arrangements of sparsely arranged synthesizers and sequenced drums, reflecting influences such as Destroyer, Wolf Parade, and Parquet Courts. Released in tandem with the album is a homemade collaged Tarot Deck created by Zach throughout the album’s songwriting.
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