[2 February 2010]
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.