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I first listened to La Dispute’s Wildlife on a cold, rainy night at 1 am. I was a fan of their previous songs, and looked forward to finally getting a chance to hear the latest album. What I love about La Dispute’s sound is the feeling that is conveyed through vocalist Jordan Dreyer’s voice. Each word that he sings is pronounced with such a strong sense of emotion that it hits the listener full force.

La Dispute’s ‘Wildlife,’ the follow-up to their 2008 LP ‘Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair,’ is a nearly 60-minute musical examination of the twenty something search for purpose; an exploration of the struggles that confront, damage, and redefine us inevitably in life through 14 tracks of new material. Set up as a collection of unpublished short stories complete with the author’s notes and sectioned thematically by four monologues, ‘Wildlife’ discusses…

I got the opportunity to chat with Jordan at the Mod Club in Toronto. The lights were dim and the venue was a quiet hush of preparation hours before the show. Jordan’s a well spoken guy who delves deeply into the semantics and process of music writing. With his strong interest in literature and the spoken word, La Dispute is unique in its lyrics and exposition of sound and voice. Reflecting the substance of the lyrics with instrumentals, and intertwining both to tell a passionate story with interchangeable narratives.

Every so often, I find myself in a bit of a quandary. For the most part, I am not the biggest fan of what I would call avant-garde or experimental metal; in fact, if you read my past reviews you will notice a sort of trend. Most avant-garde music seems to me to be that way for the sake of shock value or to see how far the limits can be pushed and the product can still be called music. Most often, in my never so humble opinion, this is not a successful venture and the disc ends up being virtually un-listenable, at least in my world.