Sloan

Hit & Run EP

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The five tunes on this digital-only EP are endlessly compelling. Even in this short-form, 14-minute burst, the veteran Toronto quartet demonstrates all four of its members' multifaceted writing/singing outlook forged over nine albums, serving up the piano and delectable acoustic delight of Jay Ferguson's "Midnight Mass" only two songs before Andrew Scott's breakneck, snarled, hard, quick, heavy guitar rock disillusionment "Where Are You Now?" The sleeper best track might be Patrick Pentland's swirling, spacy, punchy, banged acoustic meets heavy drums and chiming piano mini-masterpiece "It Is Never," which manages the same monster mood of John Lennon's "Mind Games." And the bookending tunes by de facto leader Chris Murphy sit comfortably between these extremes, his honey-thick voice daring you not to sing along with such sincerity as "Oh Dear Diary," with such typical tasty tunefulness you feel like you're floating. Don't ever stop, Sloan, please.