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La Strada EP

(Ernest Jennings; US: 24 Feb 2009; UK: 24 Feb 2009)

It should come as no surprise to anyone who hears La Strada’s self-titled debut EP that the band has toured eastern Canada extensively. A majestic sense of craft found on the EP seems to use the vast-and-grand Maritime-leaning sound of traditional Canadian folk. Combining sweeping strings with mystic-sounding indie folk, La Strada perfects the sound of the road. “Flying” flies with a sense of wanderlust. Hints of jangle-pop can found on “Loved You All Along”. “Mama” seems simple enough, but the way the band combines a sort of classical aesthetic with touching lyrical matter provides ample room to rise. La Strada creates a bridge between speakers and landscapes, somehow allowing for a mere six songs to sound grand. The sky is the limit for these folksters.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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