A blissful album of two distinct halves; stuttering angst then sweetened melancholy
Somewhere among the pockets of sadness that punctuate the lives of all but the blessed, [a]Broken Social Scene[/a]’s Kevin Drew and cohort Charles Spearin spun a silk of lo-fi recordings into two EPs of string-heavy, melody-driven, (mainly) instrumental experimentation. This was back in the late ’90s, pre-BSS, and now they’ve been repackaged as an album of two distinct halves. The first, stuttering, druggy and angsty; the second, the sound of melancholy turned sweet and life made better. It’s a lesson in orchestration and eternal optimism, and it’s one worth heeding.
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