Raising The Fawn
Don't you love it when you hear about bands for a while and think, why didn't i get into them sooner? This is how i feel about Raising the Fawn, cuz i rather like their music. And thankfully, i'll get to see them live soon!
Another good Canadian band... yeah yeah jumping on the bandwagon you might say, but give them a listen and you'll see they're worth it. And they're from Toronto... not your typical indie-powerhouse city like Montreal or Vancouver or Ottawa. Hahah, ok i was joking about Ottawa :P But i digress.
Unfortunately i have yet to hear their latest album "The Maginot Line", it was released last month. But I gave their first full-length "The North Sea" one spin and i liked it instantly! It's very accessible, (that might make some of you happy, and some of you cringe). Don't worry, it's accessible in an original kind of way. The first couple of songs are slow and mellow, with lead singer John Crossingham (who is also a contributing member of Broken Social Scene) sticking with the falsetto mostly (he enjoys the falsetto throughout most of the album), giving the songs an almost earie (sp?) tone. Oooh, spooky. Then comes track 3 "Gwendolyn", definitely the single of the album, and things pick up. It actually sounds very reminiscent of The Stills' early stuff (hey, didn't we just talk about them?? what goes around comes around i guess...). Following this track we have "July 23rd", which is the country-twang addition to the pack. Hey i don't know about you, but i can enjoy a little twang with my indie once in a while. Lastly, the title track has parts that are very similar to Uncut, and the rest has some very Dears-esque guitar picking. I don't know if my comparisons make any sense, but i'm notoriously bad at this kind of thing. Just listen and you'll figure it out.
Please note that the songs are in .wma format, and also please note that you'll just have to deal with it. It's free music, don't complain.
"The North Sea"
If you like what you hear at all, Raising the Fawn will be performing in Ottawa @ Zaphod's on May 5th w/ another cool band called In-Flight Safety!