Jake and the Leprechauns A Long Dash (Followed by Ten Seconds of Silence)

Jake and the Leprechauns A Long Dash (Followed by Ten Seconds of Silence)
Advancing an already progressive sound, C-Antoine Gosselin and Philippe Custeau present another gorgeously rendered rock record as Jake and the Leprechauns. The Sherbrooke, QC duo are smitten by a rustic muse yet beholden to harsher, intricate noise. The musical marriage appears on "Desolation Sound," with the haze of Great Lake Swimmers blending with the Sea and Cake. "Discipline" is a better example of the band's dynamic pomp, bursting forth from an evenly delivered verse of heartfelt poetry into a blast of densely populated guitar lines and mathematically precise drumming. Like Wilco or My Morning Jacket, it's tricky to tell where Jake and the Leprechauns' pop-oriented country sound ends and where their sophisticated prog-punk begins. It's that tension that makes "Ocean Song" leap out of the speakers, as gentle mandolin strings entangle gigantic drums. Guests like Bob Egan and Jeremy Strachan add their textures but it's the vision of Jake and the Leprechauns that makes this sophomore record so vital. (Independent)