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Anzu paying homage to disco

Friday 09th, February 2018 / 12:00
By Caroline Reynolds 


Photo by Neal Merrell

EDMONTON – Edmonton electronic duo ANZU don’t waste any time launching into a nostalgic dance party on the opening track of their new EP Without Love Vol. 1.  

“Cry, Cry, Cry” is soaked in disco vibes with an up-tempo modern feel. The new EP is out Valentine’s Day, which is symbolically irrelevant.  

“The date just conveniently worked out that way. Which is sweet; it definitely fits the vibe,” says Jesse Silkie with a laugh. “It’s a more cohesive and focused sound. It’s what we were really looking for.” 

Silkie and his cohort Simon Belanger spent most of 2017 incubating this EP, drawing the spotlight away from live shows to focus on creating music. The pair recorded, produced and mixed the EP and with help from Sam John (Justice, Robyn, Chemical Brothers) for their masters.  

“I’m happy because we really invested a lot of time into the production of these EPs. I want people to enjoy the music the way they want to enjoy it, that’s more important to me than performing the songs live. As long as people are enjoying the music, that is number one.” 

The result is a five-song anthology to pump up the fun. The infusion of ‘70s and ‘80s disco soul spawn a groovy, energized album one can easily turn to for uplifting times. 

When asked about potential dates out of town, Silkie let us down gently. 

“It’s tricky to tour when you DJ. We learned that the hard way; you can’t really play rave music on a weeknight, especially in a town you haven’t played before.” 

Fair enough. However, 2018 is looking up to be a big year for the duo, with hopes to release the second and third installments of the series by the end of the year. 

“It’s escapism. That’s what dance music is, you want to get into it, dance and think about nothing but the music.” 


Check out ANZU live at the EP release party on Friday, Feb. 16 at Church of John (Edmonton) with Odd Child, Joses Martin, Polyesterday and Kusch. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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