With Beauty in the Tension, the Olympic Symphonium return with another dreamy, low-key folk gem. The New Brunswick-based quartet's fifth studio album marries rich, acoustic instrumentation — "In with the Camera" is a stunner — with conversational songwriting.
Recorded over six days at Riverport, NS's Old Confidence Lodge studio, the ten tracks here wash together and wander along in a cautious haze. See "Thanks a Lot," "Careful," "Look at Her Now," or the decidedly unfunny "Comedy."
Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, Dennis Goodwin, and Graeme Walker have mastered the art of rural Zen — this time around with a more fleshed out alt-country sound. "The candles are out/ But the smoke remains," they conclude. And Beauty in the Tension fills the space with sound. (Forward Music Group)