Canada’s Basement Revolver released new EP ‘Wax and Digital’ on Friday (25 October), following up their debut full-length ‘Heavy Eyes’. Its standout moment is ‘Have I Been Deceived’, a shimmering, lush track with a deceptively dark subject matter. ‘Have I Been Deceived’s bright glimmer makes it easy to miss Chrisy Hurn’s (singer/guitarist) bleak words.
Under the band’s luxuriant shoegaze, Hurn sings of the anger and betrayal with which she regards her Christian upbringing. “Love, I feel like a prisoner / to a faith I hardly half believe / there’s so much shit that I’ve held onto / Could I know? / Lord, have I been deceived”.
‘Have I Been Deceived’ is the best of both worlds. On first listen, it immediately strikes you as a gorgeous pop song. However, on the second, third and fourth play, its buried, murky layers start to unearth themselves one after the other. Gripping stuff.