Crimes in Paris Modern Ghost Stories

Modern Ghost Stories is presented like a collection of a writer's vague daydream tales he hope his children will one day find. The lyric booklet separates the album by three or four songs each, so maybe as a listener there should be some breaks in between as well. While there are some good moments ― opener "Yesterday" has a nice rolling tempo and harmonies, "Running Ink" lays vulnerabilities bare with bells and a sad, simple chorus ― there are some burdens. Rayce Veitch's vocals are curious and theatrical, using the same notes and stretched out patterns in every song. When paired with the music, it unfortunately makes the album feel a little too long at only 37 minutes. Points for effort though, as you can feel the amount of hard work that went into an album that was eight years in the making by the Toronto band. (Independent)