By opening daily our news sources, social channels - any kind of media - we realize impending doom is upon us by the second. In times of need, the pressing urge to make yourself heard is a mission that doesn’t come easy, but it is feasible...

Total Time, DOOMSQUAD’s somewhat under-the-radar second album, timestamped some three years ago, was when last we heard from Toronto-based effusive sibling trio Trevor, Jaclyn and Allie Blumas. It also marked a shift in direction that would please crowds that worship bands like Gang Gang Dance or Prince Rama. They always seemed keen on allowing fluidity to dictate results and experimentation to expand horizons. A formula that works should be kept, reworked, readjusted, as long it conveys their ultimate goal: true expression.

The personal is political and contesting is a necessary measure. So is music and its use as a political weapon. DOOMSQUAD’s sense of unity as a band, like a family, is a concept worth understanding, potentially dictating where they might want to go as musicians, but most importantly, as a unit. Let Yourself Be Seen is the answer to their doubts, allowing their music to be a vehicle of protest, emotional and spiritual catharsis, and reconnection through music.

On their third album, we hear them shift gears and gather influences ranging from acid house, West African disco, jazz, NYC no-wave and new-age ambient music, yet exploring notions of musicality in their own quirky sounding way. First single, ‘General Hum’, conveys disco dynamics with vocalizations and beats that would make David Byrne scream with joy, being also a greeting encapsulation of what DOOMSQUAD are here to do: provoke.

Among and through the soothing interludes, we’re confronted tracks that flow so lightly across this cacophony of influences: ‘Aimless’, which merges dub with electro-funk, and the explosive ‘Dorian’s Closet’, an homage to the late New York drag queen Dorian Corey’s infamous mystery, are both songs worth cherishing. With the track ‘Let Yourself Be Seen’, the goal is simple: a celebration of dance culture, of unity and a call for arms, hand in glove with throbbing synths and drums that make a statement.

What’s most interesting in this album is how distant elements can merge so easily. From bird sounds, flutes and screams to pounding techno beats, disco, house and catchy hooks, DOOMSQUAD’s Let Yourself Be Seen creates harmony in chaos, showing a reflection of our times and the necessity of togetherness in finding a release for self-expression.