Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, and Sunset Rubdown are three of the hottest Canadian indie rock acts to come along in years, and they're all connected by the participation of one man: Spencer Krug. But while Krug's uniquely warped melodies and drunken rhythms have been making him something of a household name as of late (at least within the insulated world of the blogosphere), you need only look back to an earlier band to spot the influence. Of course I'm talking about the band Frog Eyes and the creative genius of frontman Carey Mercer.
The similarities are unmistakable, but I have to say, this latest Frog Eyes LP (is it their 5th?) blows both Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake out of the water. I suppose it's a matter of personal preference, really, but the madness just seems to click a little more often for me here. Either way, if you're a fan of any of the aforementioned bands, you simply can't go wrong. Tears of the Valedictorian hits stores on May 1st, but you can pre-order it from Absolutely Kosher and get the album a month early (along with a free t-shirt!).
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