High Expectations/Low Results





Is Edmonton an up and coming source for new music? Or just the new heroin capital of Canada? Answers aren’t prevalent at this time, but if the new album by Faunts is any measure, it could be the former or perhaps even “all of the above”. Floating through the ether in a manner reminiscent of facets of Sigur Ros, Red House Painters, and even late-period Radiohead, High Expectation/Low Results buzzes and quiets, ebbs and flows. Similar to the way the Icelandic landscape influenced the Arctic sound of Sigur Ros, so, too, did the bleak Canadian tundra of Edmonton affect Faunts. Epic soundscapes evoke feelings of chilling isolation and creeping darkness, but those moods change often on High Expectations as the soundscapes give way to poppier shoegazy moments like the Fleetwood Mac meets Pale Saints goodness of “Memories Of Places We’ve Never Been”. Just as quickly, however, they then revert to the whispery, drugged-out twilight of “Place I’ve Found”. It’s a emotive rollercoaster ride well worth taking, however. Just make sure you’re stocked up on E tickets: you’ll want to take multiple trips.

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High Expectations/Low Results