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Records Tom Do­brzan­ski and Zachary Gray form the nu­cleus of this Van­cou­ver in­die rock band, and if they weren’t so good you’d be tempted to pin them down as die-hard Bren­dan Ben­son acolytes. Yet the qual­ity of the ma­te­rial on dis­play is such that the fa­mil­iar­ity doesn’t grate. The al­bum kicks off with In Heaven, which basks in mi­nor pi­ano chords, ex­pertly placed psy­che­delic gui­tar so­los, and a lyric that in­cludes the word “de­fen­es­trate”; an­other track, Knot in My Heart, hosts the kind of tex­tured dis­tor­tion that sorts out the men from the boys. Lyri­cally, too, there’s a dif­fer­ent mind­set on show here, with pri­mary word­smith Gray ex­press­ing some­times unas­sum­ing, some­times cum­ber­some (but never less than in­ter­est­ing) ideas.the­zo­las­mu­sic.com

TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Down­load: In Heaven, Knot in My Heart, Euphrates and Ti­gris

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