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Apparently, the word for a mental blind spot is “schotoma.” Useless impromptu vocabulary lesson aside, Spectres are, to me, exactly that. From what I gather, the long running and longer prized Vancouver, B.C. punks are roughly a decade deep into their recorded history. 2019 sees them 10 years out from their opening audio gambit, a split 7” with the equally essential Arctic Flowers.

It takes barely a cursory listen through their discography to realize they emerged a fully formed proposition. Previously, they revelled in and explored terrain both doomy and gloomy. Last year saw their earlier work remastered and released via Artoffact Records and, due to my burgeoning obsession with them, I’ve since inhaled their sonic library. Spectres have clearly been leaning ever closer to where their recent single finds them.

Released earlier this month by Sabotage Records, the Provincial Wake 7” is an absolute stunner. Shying a bit further away from the isolationist emotional climes of their earlier work, they’ve replaced it with a warmth only glimpsed on the equally crucial Last Days LP. 

As is the case with many other adjacent subgenres, there seems to be a renaissance of sorts in the world of post punk. From the “mainstreaming” of everyone from Shame, IDLES, and Fontaines D.C. to the hXc-approved, bill hopping Soft Kill and Drab Majesty, there’s room in the zeitgeist for the backward glancing. A bit more off map are similarly minded groups like Institute, Powerplant, Pleasure Leftists, and DIÄT who’re also proudly flying the flag for the varied corners of current post-punk. There are elements of everything from death rock and dark/cold wave to new wave and synthpop.