Montreal three-piece Big Brave has been simmering since their 2015 release Au De La, but their relentlessly experimental sound and kinetic creative energy has finally, and thankfully, boiled over with their third album, Ardor, out via Southern Lord. Since their inception in 2012, the band has consistently demonstrated the fluidity of experimental rock when elaborated into vast, abstract, and often hypnotic sounds, saturated in soul-baring emotion. The trio put everything into their music, until there's nothing left to give. Their particular art in musical refinement expands ever gradually, unfurling into a very heavy, strong, and elevating force.
As comfortable as they are with tidal waves of sound, Big Brave is unafraid to experiment with silence, oscillating between sparse, gentle arrangements and deep swells of noise. As with their previous release, Ardor was recorded a the Hotel2Tango, this time by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart). Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra), who was a special guest on Au De La, played violin on all of the new tracks and Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) played contrabass on two. With a trio of songs that clock in at 40-minutes, Big Brave has adopted a nearly unbearable level of urgency and intensity that weaves throughout Ardor.