[19 February 2007]
This is a Vancouver band that plays instrumentals that supposedly are meant to inspire gazing at one’s shoes. The group, consisting of members of bands like Destroyer and Sparrow, sound as if they’ve been submerged in a room filled with Robert Smith posters for the strong opening “Prairie Train”, which builds over the course of five interesting and delectable minutes. The only difference is that there are some horns added, giving it a slight jazzy flavoring. Just as fine and winding is “Upset Frankie-Hustle”, which features some fine guitar work and at times bombastic flourishes. “Gallant Foot” doesn’t fare as well, and is lightweight from start to finish. Thankfully, they return to form with a busy and intricate piece entitled “Past It Pastures” and the first gem that has them on what sounds like cruise control for “Snowshoes”. The second half of the album has a few longer numbers, beginning with the down-tempo “Ant and the Pea”, a sullen, melancholic effort. The band also shines on “Get All the Ribbons and Bring Them Back Here”, a 10-minute odyssey with plenty of twists and curves.