Boomkat Product Review:
The cult Canadian avant-folkers return with their fourth album, become Secret, a dark and very rich listening experience that finds the band's frontwoman and songwriter, Liz Hysen, at the top of her game. Beginning with the elegantly rundown piano and cello of 'Twilight Parting', the band seem to sigh into life, leading you towards the more menacing sounds of 'A Dune A Doom' which adds a cloak of static and background noise to proceedings. After all those gothic chamber-pop, 'Pig & Sucker' is about as stripped bare as it gets, teaming a chugging acoustic guitar with Hysen's arrestingly bleak and unaffected vocal. Once again, the darkness seeps out of every pore, but it's a welcoming, syrupy darkness that ensconces you in the nicest possible way. Helped along by guest vocalists like Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers, Viking Moses' Brendan Massei and Colleen Kinsella of Fire On Fire, Become Secret is a bewitching record - one that's unrelentingly gloomy, yet somehow manages to be ultimately rather heartwarming.