Kepler This Heart Is Painted On

With Slint's pacing, a little sense of Tortoise groove, and some Yo La Tengo drift, Kepler takes a giant leap into the post-rock fray with this debut recording. At only six songs, This Heart leaves you wanting more from the Ottawa group, who've apparently already grown beyond the sounds heard here. These are, for the most part, sombre explorations, whisper quiet at times, but never still, and if you ever find yourself doing the sleepy head nod, the occasional stomp on the distortion pedal makes sure you stay awake and pay attention. (Spectra Sonic Sound)