Turn off the Stars

Turn Off the Stars

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The indie rock quartet from Toronto flew under the radar with its ethereal self-titled effort on Credential Recordings. Filled with rhythmic prowess and atmospheric reverb, the album is a gem of modern rock. The Walker brothers' carefully orchestrated guitar licks sound much like Coldplay without any world ambitions. Just when you think you've heard this sound before, you can't put your finger on another band that they truly imitate. The band names Switchfoot, Delirious? and U2 as influences in the liner notes, although the broodiness of Radiohead and Toad the Wet Sprocket also come to mind. In fact, "Hours & Days" sounds like it could be a studio cut from Toad's Coil or Dulcinea sessions. Don't expect any hooks that lack substance; these riffs are developed to full maturity without the bombast of emo. The infectious choruses on "Falling into You" and "30 Days" take you to new places. "Brightside" brings out an Oasis-like cheeriness with a perfected falsetto and simple guitar strumming, in contrast to the haunting multi-meter rock of "Nowhere Skies," "Please" and "If Only." Most lyrics remain ambiguous; it's unclear if they are directed to a Supreme Being or a love interest. Regardless of who they are talking to, Turn Off the Stars packed this album with some of the best alternative rock since A Rush of Blood to the Head.

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