Dawntreader Santa Fe Stalker

After ten years as a band, Vancouver’s Dawntreader have kept a relatively low profile, playing few shows and releasing little material. Fortunately, as is the case with Santa Fe Stalker, this often makes for a higher quality output. The record, their first since 2002’s Thoughts of an Exile, demonstrates the band’s sonic maturity, as resonant guitar riffs collide with dreamy arrangements that traverse indie rock, post-country and even radio-friendly rock without getting boring. Opening with the warm synths of "Kids On Fire,” the record pairs innovation with a distinct pop sensibility that would be well suited to the local indie club and modern radio station alike. (Anniedale)