Rob Moir 'Places to Die' (album stream)

Rob Moir 'Places to Die' (album stream)
Rocker turned folk-punk troubadour Rob Moir used to front Dead Letter Dept., but now the songwriter performs solo and, on April 30, will release Places to Die through Underground Operations/Universal. Before then, you can stream the whole album at Exclaim.ca.

The solo collection was produced by Lynne Dubuc, with sessions taking place in Toronto and London, ON. Sonic touchstones include Bruce Springsteen and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and a press release notes, "Easily at home in heavy subject matter, Rob routinely finesses clever turns of phrase in his lyrics. A simple guitar strum is infused with feeling when met wit his charming narratives."

At times, Moir cranks the distortion for the melodic "Goodnight Sleeptight" and a jaggedly riff-filled "Crow Stew." For the most part, however, Places to Die favours mellow and acoustic-driven material; the skeletal "Cold" is particularly stripped-down, while "Cop Car Crucifix" pairs acoustic plucking with an electronic beat, and opener "Places to Die (Before You See the World)" is impassioned folk rock.

Moir will play a few Canadian shows this spring before heading to Europe. See his international schedule at his website and listen to Places to Die below.