Dead Letter Chorus The August Magnificent

Dead Letter Chorus The August Magnificent
This Australian, roots-inflected rock band have attracted attention Down Under, and this, their debut release in Canada, shows why. The album's opening and closing tracks ("The Peaceful Sleep Of Death" and "Fathers and Daughters") have a wide-screen sound reminiscent of their late, great countrymen the Triffids, but there's musical variety in the ten songs in between. This is enhanced by the fact the group sport two strong vocalists in keyboardist Gabrielle Huber and guitarist Cameron Potts. On noir-esque ballad "Fight The Morning," Huber has something of a Neko feel, then follows it up with the upbeat and chiming melodic pop of "Oscar Moland" and the sweetly haunting "The Long Goodnight." Potts has a more dramatic vocal style that, when combined with horns or strings, threatens to topple into over-wrought Arcade Fire territory, as on "11th Dream About Aeroplanes." His more restrained approach on "Modern Faith" proves more effective. On "Magnolia Farm," the two singers alternate and harmonize nicely, something they'd do well to attempt more often. The wide stylistic diversity of Dead Letter Chorus may initially be slightly jolting, but The August Magnificent rewards perseverance. (Code One)