Boomkat Product Review:
Canadian quartet Shapes And Sizes release their third album for Asthmatic Kitty, Candle To Your Eyes, made at Montreal's famous Hotel2Tango with the assistance of Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (an associate of A Silver Mount Zion and Tim Hecker) and David Bryant (from Growing and Set Fire To Flames). The outcome is a sonically engaging take on modern rock, overspilling with nuanced reverbs and delays that add that little bit more texture than many releases in the field might. This nice use of space and production styles helps hold your interest during a first run-through that might otherwise feel a tad light on hooks. Look hard enough and you'll find them though: 'Sing Them Songs' is a bit awkward and odd, but it's loaded with frosty synth melodies and a caustic new-wave feel. Elsewhere, you encounter dub-flavoured exercises such as 'Too Late For Dancing and 'Tell Your Mum', but arguably the most potent pop outing comes very late on: 'The Hit Parade' enters the fray with a bit of a Kate Bush vocal and a pleasantly electronic backbone of beats and coarse, whirring synths, making way all too soon for 'Old Worlds' to finish up the album in a detached, downtempo lope.