An April March


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If Suede can be forgiven for ripping off Bowie, and Elastica excused for stealing Wire's riffs and sound, then, like San Francisco's Orange, An April March's lifting of the Cocteau Twins' unique style and singing is only mildly unsettling. Harder edged and tighter wound than their forbears, this Toronto foursome has spent the '90s mining the sinister edges of the swirl-guitar sound to support Danella Hocevar's impressionistic vocals and lyrics, so well evoked by the songs and titles of "Of Leaves and Sweetness," "Scarlett Bliss," and "Wishing for Rain." Lovely stuff like this can transcend obvious influences, and Hocevar and friends are a beguiling treat with your eyes closed.