Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Strumbellas: "We Still Move On Dance Floors" (album review)

Lindsay, ON's The Strumbellas made a huge impact, on me at least, with their debut album My Father and The Hunter.  On October 22nd the pop/roots/folk outfit will release their sophomore effort, We Still Move On Dance Floors.

Don't let the title fool you, you aren't going to hear any thumping basslines on this record.  Instead you're going to be treated to delightfully melodic tunes that draw on the Canadiana tradition.

Seemingly effortless vocal harmonies compel you to pay attention to the album opener "Sailing".  While every track on the record is beautiful, cuts like "End of an Era" and "The Long Road" standout for their hooks.



Dynamic swing in tempo, between '80s CanCon rock ballad to full on hoedown, ensure "In This Life" keeps you on your toes.  The frantic banjo plucking and fiery fiddle work on "Home Sweet Home" will get you moving.  The Strumbellas create a fresh new sound on "Ride On" by combining the best gritty elements of Steve Earle with the polished finish of Great Lake Swimmers.

Strings on "Run" add elegance and sophistication.  The remarkable thing is that the band don't sacrifice any of their music's warmth to get there.

With We Still Move On Dance Floors The Strumbellas have proven that their debut was no fluke.  In fact, it's not much of a stretch to suggest that they may be the best band in Canada at the moment.

The Strumbellas play the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on November 30th.

Best tracks: "Home Sweet Home", "

Track listing for We Still Move On Dance Floors:
  • Sailing
  • Did I Die?
  • In This Life
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Run
  • End of an Era
  • The Long Road
  • Ride On
  • The Fire
8.5/10

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