The Wilderness Of Manitoba – Between Colours

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Catching up on goodies from the latter half of 2014, and this is one that probably should have been trumpeted earlier.

Between Colours is far and away the most formidable outing to come from The Wilderness Of Manitoba camp, and they’ve managed their best recording by retreating to the past. Shades of Fleetwood Mac, Mike + The Mechanics and the softer side of Treble Charger weave seamlessly between modern influences, here—check out the Death Cab For Cutie-ish “Leave Someone,” down below—to build a collection that endears gradually more with every spin.

The Toronto-based trio is perhaps less insular on this one (both literally and figuratively) than they’ve tended to appear in the past. There’s an eyes-wide-open attitude permeating most of these tracks—like they’ve emerged from the woods into the sunlight, for the first time in a long time—and it’s lyrically upward-gazing: the sky, horizons, the sun, stars and tall trees dominate the landscape.

Some prominent guest players pop up—Rush’s Alex Lifeson and the Rheostatics’ Michael Phillip Wojewoda, among others—and The Wilderness have uncovered a welcome affinity for electric guitar solos. All in all, a surprising and satisfying excursion.

-Scott Bryson

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