Sleuth - Out Of The Blue Period

Jigsaw
(PZL080-2: 708527006009/PZL080-1: 708527006054)
Release date: 9/18/2015



I've long been a fan of this Canadian band (ever since their impossibly rare cassette EP from a few years back!) so I jumped at the chance to put out their debut album. And what an album it is! Years in the making, this is a rich and rewarding record that's as multi-faceted as it is simple and pure. Not just your average pop record, this is a group of songs that make you think and feel - not unlike, say, the Smiths, the Siddeleys or the Go-Betweens at their very best. Intelligent and heartfelt lyrics set to music that ranges from sublimely jangly indiepop to 4AD-ish atmospheric beauty. Fourteen songs in total, each of them as strong as the last, so favorites are very hard to pick. But I can safely say that this is one record that will be revered when the next wave of janglepop revivalism happens in a few decades...

RIYL: the Siddeleys, the Smiths, the Go-Betweens, intelligent janglepop

Tracklisting:

01 - Good On The Inside (I Don't Mind)
02 - Is It True?
03 - The Big Big Blue
04 - My Cancer Years
05 - Closely Watched Trains
06 - Ties
07 - A Finely Tuned Machine
08 - The Honey Is In The Hive
09 - The Rules For Hearts
10 - Single Man
11 - Lead Me To New Secret Paths And Dancing Places
12 - Trembling Blue
13 - Wild Life
14 - Stay On My Arm

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