Broken Social Scene's founder finds new life in this second solo venture
Using the rationale that no band ever really dies, fans of Broken Social Scene – who went on the proverbial ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2011, but are playing live again – no doubt expect a new album. For now, they must settle for ‘Darlings’, the second solo venture by BSS founder Kevin Drew. Equal parts lo-fi sketch-like song structure and buffed-to-a-shine ’80s soft rock, these 12 songs are evidently personal and, at times, thematically obscure: take the off-the-wall ‘Mexican Aftershow Party’, for example. Overall, it suggests that Drew is enjoying his time off from the indie-orchestral wallop of Broken Social Scene. Sorry, fans.