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With producer Leon Taheny, Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt goes in a very different, lo-fi pop direction in Dusted.
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Dusted is the atmospheric rock project of Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt and producer Leon Taheny, who has worked with the likes of Rituals and Final Fantasy. While Borcherdt is better known for Holy Fuck's intense dancefloor workouts, he also performed in the group By Divine Right, which also featured Feist and Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning and released the album Sweet Confusion in 2004, and also issued the mellow solo album Coyotes in 2008. Borcherdt connected with Taheny when Holy Fuck were on a break from their busy touring schedule, and the pair recorded songs Borcherdt had written since making Holy Fuck's 2010 album Latin in a converted garage. Dusted made its live debut in early 2012 supporting Deerhoof and Of Montreal. The duo's debut album, Total Dust, arrived that July. Gigging frequently over the next few years, both with Dusted and Holy Fuck, Borcherdt slowly pieced together a new batch of songs. At first trying for a more polished, layered sound, the initial sessions were found to be lacking and eventually were scrapped. Dusted started again with a retooled full-band lineup of Borcherdt and his wife Anna Edwards on guitar, Loel Campbell on drums, and Anna Ruddick occasionally adding bass. The band's follow-up, Blackout Summer, was released in April 2018.