Grand Archives

Album: Grand Archives

Label: Sub Pop

Release Date: Feb. 19

**** (out of five)


Although it may be getting a little crowded in there for some, fans of lush and ornate pop should make room for Grand Archives. The bittersweet coo of former Band Of Horses guitarist Mat Brooke complements the array of Americana instrumentation, as the sounds elevate into elaborate indie-folk sounds that are both more warm than weird. Supporters of bands such as Stars and The New Pornographers should make room for this one in their archives.




Veda Hille

Album: This Riot Life

Label: Ape House Records

Release Date: Feb. 12

*** 1/2 (out of five)

Listening to This Riot Life isn’t like listening to music in the conventional sense. The album sounds like it could be the soundtrack to an avant-garde theatrical production. Each song plays like a scene from a musical, with some soft and pensive and others bold and triumphant. Mixing folk, experimental jazz, modernist classical and old world rhythms, Hille creates a quirky atmosphere that’s perfect for her playful vocals. It’s conceptual and melodramatic, but not totally without moxie.

  • The CD release party for This Riot Life is at The Gladstone on Sunday.

The D’Urbervilles

Album: We Are The Hunters

Label: Out of this Spark

Release Date: Feb. 19

*** 1/2 (out of five)

Make no mistake, these Guelph, Ont., residents have a knack for creating moody post punk. The D’Urbervilles play tight and precise, patiently constructing eerie sounds that can make you forget you should be out on the dance floor. The title track on We Are The Hunters sets the tone for the album, with its shy, jittery preamble building slowly into a frenzy of full-on dance pop.

The Trews

Album: No Time For Later

Label: Bumstead

Release Date: Feb. 19

*** (out of five)

They may be Canadian born and bred — Bluenosers at heart — but The Trews have introduced an Americana, roots rock vibe to their third full-length release, No Time For Later. While the first single, Hold Me In Your Arms, suggested this would be a monstrous, ’70s hard-rock album, the song acts more as a link between this release and 2005’s Den Of Thieves. The album was produced by duo Gus Van Go and Werner F. They had Colin and John-Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek and Sean Dalton record separately instead of together, like on their past releases. The result is a more dynamic feel, one that comes across sounding live.