Toronto band Elliott Brood's music is dark and twangy often drawing comparisons to bands like 16 Horsepower, Deer Tick, and Mumford and Sons. With the surge of southern revival acoustic music dominating the current indie music scene, I'm saddened that Elliott Brood hasn't been able to break big here in the U.S., as they are a real force in the Canadian music scene. I first heard their song "Lindsay" last year on the sampler 'The Paper Bag Sessions Vol. 1,' and immediately wanted to hear more of their music. So, I found the rest of their 'Paperbag Sessions' on YouTube (which I would highly recommend for anyone who's curious about the band), and was completely hooked from then on.
Having purchased all of their albums now, I've spent the last few months listening to the band almost non-stop, so I can unequivocally say that their latest effort Days Into Years is their most consistent and polished album to date. The album was inspired by the band's travels through World War I battlefields and cemetaries in Europe, so it's no surprise that the lyrics are a bit brooding at times (pardon the pun), but the music is always upbeat and energetic - even on the slower tunes. While Days Into Years has lost some of the "rough around the edges" charm of their earlier albums, they make up for it with better production value, laid-back lyrical confidence, and a more mature sound.
I saw them live last month in a small club in D.C. and they put on an incredible show, despite performing for a fairly small audience. If you dig alt-country or indie folk, then buy a copy of this album for yourself and your friends - they'll thank you for it!
Top Tracks: Lindsay, Lines, Northern Air, and My Mother's Side