Boomkat Product Review:
Toronto's Still Life Still haven't dawdled in following up their Pastel EP, and as with that short-form preview, the eventual full-length arrives in top shape thanks to a Broken Social Scene production turn, courtesy of Kevin Drew and Martin Davis Kinack. The band have been together since their grade school days, so you'd expect them to be a fairly tight unit, and their all-round efficiency can only have been enhanced by their time spent playing on the house-party circuit. The raucous, Bloc Party-like opener 'Danse Cave' certainly sounds every bit like the sort of thing that'd have originated from such conditions, and it's a great starting point, punchily followed up with 'Flowers And A Wreath', which manages to retain an energised rhythm section while sounding a bit more sombre and emotionally charged during the blustery choruses. Tokyo Police Club spring to mind while listening through these songs, and there's a similar tendency to fall into that dangerous 'generic North American indie' category. That's not an entirely fair charge however, and Girls Come Too houses its fair share of memorable moments, though sadly one of the standouts, the Cure-influenced 'T-Shirts', is heavily dominated by a catchy chorus refrain that's ever so slightly obscene, and consequently will probably be circulating around your brain for hours to come, like it or not. Plenty of good stuff here - another worthy addition to Arts & Crafts ever-swelling ranks.