Alternative, Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Montreal indie trio Plants and Animals spent four years putting together their new album, Waltzed in from the Rumbling
, an ambitious mosaic splashed across a broad canvas. Its meticulous construction is evident in every intricate arrangement. The songs' melodic cores are complicated by intriguing bits of baroque strings, chamber pop, prog rock, bristling horns, found sounds, quirky instrumentation, off-kilter rhythms, shifting moods, and moments of dissonance. It's enough to earn the band comparisons to the likes of Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, and Arcade Fire. Guitarist/lead vocalist Warren Spicer has described PAA's recording studio as "a mess, pieces of songs all over the place." Yet drummer Matthew Woodley, bassist/keyboardist Nic Basque, and many scattered associates manage to transform flora and fauna fragments into fascinating pastiches embedded with reflective lyrics. "Off the Water" dances on funky effervescence. "So Many Nights" is a soulful ballad bolstered by echoes of Muscle Shoals. "All the Time" is ominous, melodramatic, wiry rock. Royal Canoe opens.