It isn't even a real country anyway! Sigh... etc. America's supposedly squarer cousin (actually just nicer and less shooty) really has invaded. But not in the style of Canadian Bacon, no, but since Arcade Fire we have had the pick of the litter from our commonwealth neighbours.
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The 3rd Best Canadian Album of 2008 finally receives its UK release as their long awaited 'new' material is put back from a planned fall date to "sometime next year". Time and scheduling are possibly not one of Mother Mother's high notes. O My Heart is the 5 piece Vancouver bands follow up to their twice released debut 'Touch Up'. (Once by them and then reworked and enhanced for label release). Produced by Howard Redekopp, a former producer for fellow countrymen The New Pornographers, O My Heart shares many similar attributes to their former label mates. Clever, creative and harmonious power pop bursting with energy and piquancy.
Ryan Guldemond has a slightly retrospective writing style reminiscent of certain 80's and early 90's indie bands. The title track, O My Heart, comes in with a sound that recalls the best bits of Split Enz, using sibling harmonies From Ryan and Molly pitched with a suitably thumping beat. The speed drops off for 'Burning Pile' as more multi-layered vocals frame a playful piano and string enhanced lament. Another of the albums highlights is up next. 'Body Of Years' captures the sensibility of O My Heart with its well worked vocalisation, tight and inventive musicianship and literary lyrics.....
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