There are loads of excellent bands that have come out of Toronto over the last ten to fifteen years. Broken Social Scene, Crystal Castles and the recently re-formed Death From Above 1979 to name just a few. But it was was by sheer chance that I happened to stumble across a little known band called Tearjerker. They’re signed to an bona-fide indie label in T-dot called Sore Thumb Records. Despite knowing nothing about the band or label, like many others, the striking cover art forced me to give this album a chance and I’ve yet to regret it.
As you may have seen from my last post on The Soft Moon, I like to absorb my albums before making a judgement, and this is definitely one of the better albums I heard in 2010. Out of all the bands out there trying to nail the coldwave/chillwave/etc. sound at the moment, Tearjerker are the epitome of lo-fi indie.
Tracks like ‘Best’ and ‘Wave’ invoke the distorted, atmospheric and blissful ambiance that one would associate with a Broken Social Scene track ,but the band are not just another Canadian BSS spin off.
Tearjerker – Best
Tearjerker – Wave
‘On Purpose’ provides some much stronger basslines, beautifully crafted structure and haunting lyrics, and the band also clearly have a darker side as exhibited on sombre title track ‘Strangers’ and ‘Noah’ which includes an eerie sample which has echoes of Pink Floyd’s ‘Us and Them’.
Recently released single ‘Polar Bear’ could pass itself off on the blogsphere as a new Animal Collective track if left in more unscrupulous and dastardly hands, and after lifting you up and down like a sonic tide the album finishes on the enigmatically eupohric ‘Slip Away’.
Tearjerker – Slip Away
This album is definitely worth a listen, which you can do by clicking on the album cover above. As I explained, these guys are old school indie and as such they operate a pay-what-you-can policy on their bandcamp site, so please do buy the album as it helps these guys make more great music and you get a bargain into the deal. Everyones a winner! Viva la indie!!!
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