Patients Mary Claire La Flare

Recorded at the acclaimed House of Miracles, Toronto-based band the Patients’ debut EP adds another notch to producer extraordinaire Andy Magoffin’s already impressive resume. Mary Claire La Flare is a five-song EP that flirts with quirky power pop and clever, lyrical wordplay. The title track takes a Modern Lovers-styled "ode to,” with the band putting their own spin on things, adding some idyllic female guest vocals and harmonising trumpets. They don’t appear to make things too difficult, yet the amount of instruments used for the five songs (which includes a tenor sax, an oscillator, lap steel and the all-important triangle) is quite remarkable. The band shows their capacity the most in the alt-country scented "We’re Gorgeous,” which hints the directions they can take their music are boundless. (Permafrost)