Elliott Brood - Days Into Years

When I went to the Pickathon music festival in Oregon earlier this year, I discovered a bunch of new bands, but none won me over as quickly and thoroughly as Elliott Brood, a three-piece twang/folk/rock outfit from Toronto. Singer Mark Sasso’s gravelly voice, the harmonies, the banjo, the rock energy … it pushed all my buttons.

They have gotten pretty big in Canada. [Your Canada joke here.] Their second album, Mountain Meadows, was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Prize, which is a big deal in Canada. [Another Canada joke here.] Now they’ve just released their third LP, Days Into Years.

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I’ve had it on repeat for days. It doesn’t quite capture their live energy, but the songs are impeccably crafted and I continue to be unable to resist that singing voice.

This song is the first single, “Northern Air.” It’s one of the mellower tracks on the album, but I like the fact that it doesn’t try too hard. Enjoy, and if you find yourself in Canada soon [third and final Canada joke here], see them live; you won’t regret it.

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