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Listen: Ought “Habit”


Constellation is one of my favorite record labels in the world. It’s home to such luminaries as Godspeed You! Black Emporer and Do Make Say Think. One of Constellation’s more recent signings is Montreal’s Ought. Their debut album, More Than Any Other Day, saw release last week, and while I haven’t gotten a chance to hear it yet, what I have heard in individual songs is excellent. One of those songs is “Habit,” a meandering and moderately epic track that fits into the dramatic Constellation style adeptly.

It comes in at what feels like a svelte six minutes. It seems to sample a bunch of sounds, that are somewhat similar but have never come together in the way the band has combined them. There’s a little Pavement, a little Talking Heads, and a solid dose of “Heroin” era Velvet Underground. The song’s themes are about addiction, wanting, and the false relief that these things bring. Hence the name “Habit.” Check it out below.

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More Than Any Other Day is out now on Constellation.

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