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Home Front – Think of the Lie

Alberta: Top 10 of 2021

by Christine Leonard

Truth be told, the frozen plains of Edmonton have never sounded closer to the sticky streets of L.A. An electrified alt-rock story about a group of friends who stumble down a mirrored rabbit hole, Think of the Lie transforms the pedestrian into the extraordinary with a single keyboard stroke. Climatic thrills and probing, montage-worthy tangents that resemble something transported from an eighties action flick glow like Sunset Strip neon. From The Cure to The Chameleons,  it’s a bleak pandemic prognosis; Home Front’s internal combustion engine runs on a potent cocktail of absinthe, Red Bull, and moonlight — garnished with one of those little plastic palm trees. 

Bo Burnham’s transcendent comedy special isn’t the only great piece of COVID-adjacent art titled Inside released this year. The indie-rock quintet’s latest opens and closes with the sounds of the 7pm clanging pots and pans that once heralded the essential workers, and many of the tracks find them grappling with introspective thoughts while trapped in a room – being stuck inside one’s own head being an even worse fate than the physical boundaries.