The Book of Lists
It seems as though BC is getting all areas covered. They’ve got some of Canada’s best folk (Destroyer), pop-rock (New Pornographers), classic rock (Black Mountain), weird amazing amazing weirdo’s (Frog Eyes) and now that Old British Sound. But I should really shut up with all this pigeonholing cause this is actually a pretty eclectic EP. “Neurosis” is a dark pop song with sparse, hard drum hits and a plodding bass; Frey singing lines like “medicine smiles replace the lack in style.” “Sweet Malady” starts off with quiet electric strumming before the whole song bursts out of the gates and maintains a galloping pace. The deepest vocals on record accompany this frenetic setting and this adds a nice juxtaposition to the song, which eventually ends with some great group singing. “Points of Arrival and Departure” ends the EP above par with its cascading guitar and wonderful drum fills and I’m left not feeling just a little bit stupid like I have from the rest of the crappy releases in my review pile. Like Precious Fathers, The Book of Lists is another BC band to look out for.
- Andrew Iliadis/july 1st 2005/