BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
As if their handle wasn’t enough to indicate their exhilaration and exuberance (Hey! Rosetta!!), the sophomore set by this expansive Canadian combo seals the deal completely. Starting their songs off with hushed reverence, each song surges and billows from there, resulting in a rousing crescendo as rowdy as any Lumineers shout-out.
Their ability to build to such celebratory heights from such unassuming beginnings — listen to the progression of “Gold Teeth,” “Dream” and “Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering)” for all the evidence necessary — indicates not only some solid songwriting, but also a knack for orchestral extravagance courtesy of keyboards, cello, violin, french horn and trumpet. Indeed, it’s a finely made mix. Most of the material maintains that dichotomy, although “Trish’s Song,” “Alcatraz” and “Cathedral Bells” find singer Tim Baker more or less keeping the mood subdued throughout. Conversely, “Kintsukuroi” heightens anticipation from the outset and sustains it successfully from that point on.
Mostly though, Second Sight is a study in how to master tone and texture to achieve the most dynamic effect. In that regard, it’s a nicely nuanced album that’s also quite compelling
DOWNLOAD: “Gold Teeth,” “Dream,” “Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering)”