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Being a Canadian consumer, I’ve come to accept that despite the best efforts of manufacturers, it just takes longer for us to get stuff up here. However, this delayed release ensured that I wouldn’t have to fight Record Store Day type crowds to get this release. Silversun Pickups have spent their last few albums defining the boundaries of progressive alternative rock, and this trend continues on these out-takes from their previous record, 2009’s Swoon. Side A is the title track, and is another long gem from this band that is not afraid to go past 5 minutes. In 6 minutes and 45 seconds, “Seasick” manages to take the listener on a sonic journey that just feels right to end where it does. Flipping the record over, I was greeted by “Broken Bottles” which really sounded like it was supposed to be included on Swoon. The intensity and pace of this tune also seem out of place on this release, but undoubtedly sounds the most like this band. It’s also our first taste of the sharpness of singer Brian Aubert’s higher register. His crescendo-ing snarl has become a trademark for the group since their single “Lazy Eye” broke the group into the mainstream. “Ribbons & Detours” marks the return of bassist Nikki Monninger as lead vocalist, and she delivers the goods once again. Her slower tempo tunes are always highlights of their shows. In conclusion, this is another great release from a band that is poised for a long and successful career. Hopefully, we will see a new full length from the group sooner than later, as the wait is beginning to become unbearable.
You can purchase the record on iTunes, Amazon or from The Band’s Website.