Whitehorse The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss

Whitehorse The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss
Last year's self-titled debut mini-album from Whitehorse showcased a duo in the process of finding their sound. Their potential is fully realised on this stunningly accomplished sophomore record. Whitehorse feature two acclaimed solo singer-songwriters: Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. The "it" couple of the Canadian roots scene (and way cooler than Chavril), their musical and vocal empathy shines bright here. It'd have been easy for them to lapse into cute husband and wife, CBC-approved, soft roots-rock, but they're made of sterner stuff. They trade vocal parts and harmonies effortlessly, while Doucet confirms he's arguably the most tasteful and dynamic guitarist we have (he also produced). There's grit in the lyrics as well, with references to union busting in Toronto ("Wisconsin") and depictions of colourful characters, like the bum with the girlfriend "hotter than sin" (riveting opening track "Achilles' Desire") and the outlaws on the run in "Mexico Texaco." They collaborate with Shout Out Out Out Out on the funky and danceable "Jane," the most left field track here. Fans of each artist's solo work concerned about their career change can rest easy, as Whitehorse are riding high in the saddle. (Six Shooter)