Best avoided by those with low twee tolerance
Mat Klachefsky sings like a girl. If you can warm to his yelping there’s plenty to enjoy on Winnipeg indie-poppers Boats’ third record: homespun takes on the solemn twinkles of early Arcade Fire; keyboards and vocal harmonies stolen from the department line managed by Mates Of State. The music’s studied naivety sugarcoats some sombre messages. “All your friends will turn to shit!” warns the refrain of ‘Animated GIFs’, one of a number of not-so-veiled death references. Pure melodic thrills for a while, but those with low twee tolerance should steer clear.