Canada’s Mint Records presents this new anthology, CiTR Pop Alliance Compilation, Volume 2, sales of which will benefit the college station from which the label sprung. Its roster covers the stylistic waterfront, in at times a quite intriguing fashion. The only track to genuinely rock out on the disc is the doubtlessly Moosehead-fueled, rattling rockabilly of Slam Dunk’s “Slow Dance”. Apollo Ghosts’ opening cut “Validation!”, meanwhile, with its Girl Scout sing-along chorus and overall geeky vibe, is just plain silly. The remaining ten bands included here are rather more subtle in their individual executions.
Tracks by My Friend Wallis and Watermelon, for instance, have a sullen and hazy vitality (heavy on the tremeloed twang in the case of the former’s “Hiding”) , while a more bracing, rural tactic marks the contributions of Kellarissa and female vocal group fanshaw. No Kids essays a doleful but effective electro revamp of Jim Reeves’ classic country ballad “He’ll Have To Go”, while Fine Mist’s “I Could Shout” could potentially slot into Quiet Storm radio formats far beyond the boundaries of British Columbia. The glitchy goodness of Spring Break’s “Stephanie Meyer’s 115th Dream” concludes this unprepossessing, yet listenable, selection of modern, Vancouver-based musical varietals.