The album begins with the superbly moody mid-tempo "Lights Are Low". Taut and almost ominous, with winning vocal interplay between Robert and Hollie, it merges dream pop and folk rock to wonderful effect, and is the perfect beginning to the album. The following "Lava" showcases Scott's restraint and use of space to highlight the melody and vocals. The guitar pop muse prompts the delicious third song "Vertigo" (funny, I almost looked at the liner notes to see if Bob Mould guested on that one). The quietly elegant "Lazy Boy" brings a bit of the English folk song to the proceedings, and is followed by "Favourite Case", an acoustic instrumental that sounds like the musical representation of a summer breeze. The first half of the album is closed out with the simply affecting lover's plea, "Now In Your Hands".
The flip side is introduced with two of my favorite songs on the album. The first is the soaring guitar pop of "Month of Sundays". It is not easy to explain, but it is one of those songs that just sounds like redemption. The second is "Little Bird", an elegant and rich folk pop tune which may feature the best vocal duet on the album. Next are the hushed "Hear the Hondas" and the upbeat dreaminess of the appropriately named "The Starry Show". If the earlier instrumental "Favourite Case" sounded like summer, the almost instrumental "Where the Frost Lies" sounds like a crisp but sunny late fall morning. The album closes with the lovely "Right From Wrong", which may be a textbook example of saving the most precious moment to the end.
Bandcamp for The Green House