Port Juvee – ‘Motion Control’

Jeff Cubbison

Calgary post-punk band delivers dreamy, melodic new album

Port Juvee is a dreamy lo-fi post-punk band from Calgary. There’s an expansive sonic sprawl inherent in their music that toes the line between brooding NYC art-punk and breezy California garage-rock. They initially made waves in 2016 with their debut LP CRIMEWAVE, which they followed with tours with bands like DIIV, Pond, Titus Andronicus and Twin Peaks.

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The Canadian five-piece has been gearing up to release their sophomore album MOTION CONTROL, so far sharing singles “Hope to Lose” and “Motion Control.” Today, that album arrives via Toronto-based Garment District Records, and it’s a diverse, beautifully melodic ripper from start-to-finish. Tracks like the surf-punk-infused “Desert Moon Palace” carry a hefty kinetic force along with deeply introspective lyrics. Meanwhile, the synthy and atmospheric “Tropics” delves into more experimental new wave textures, soaking up melancholic vibes. There’s also the sweeping title track, a blistering cut buoyed by frenzied guitar riffs, rapid-fire percussion, and searing vocals. Ultimately, MOTION CONTROL runs the DIY-punk/goth/noise/new wave sonic gamut beautifully.

Give it a spin below.

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