Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Hidden amongst the more hyped new releases this week is a true gem of a disc from Ontario, Canada's A Northern Chorus, their fifth album, "The Millions Too Many". Having seen and been blown away by the band's beautifully powerful dynamics at small shows in the Boston area, I'd been anticipating this one for awhile... but didn't expect to be as immediately moved as I was from the very first listen. ANC is one of those rare bands that I fell in love with through their live set before I'd heard a note of studio material, and as much as I liked the couple albums I quickly bought, they didn't quite take me back to that special place they could from the stage. That's changed with "The Millions Too Many".
Here's the title track...
You can stream three additional songs over at MySpace, hear the full album through their own site, and order up a copy for yourself at Sonic Unyon. I can't recommend this one enough for fans of chiming guitars, gorgeously restrained harmonies, and evocative string arrangements (thanks to cellist Alex McMaster and newly returned violinist Erin Aurich). There's just as much magic in the sparse moments as there is in the wonderful washes of sound that swirl and swell throughout. Can't wait to see these songs recreated live, and I'll get that chance very soon...
A Northern Chorus returns to the Boston area on Wednesday, April 4th at the Middle East Upstairs as part of a triple bill that has no weak spot: also playing are their Sonic Unyon labelmates Aereogramme and Glasgow's The Twilight Sad. Check this tour listing to see if they're playing near you as well.
Keep an eye on the 'Nac next week when I'll be doing a giveaway of admission to the show, along with copies of A Northern Chorus' "The Millions Too Many" and Aereogramme's latest, "My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go".
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