Since catching Montreal indie dream-popsters supporting Final Fantasy in December, my interest in the debut album Five Roses has grown and grown until it hit my playlist apogee this week.
It’s a thrilling no-filler record made entirely by Graham Van Pelt and fleshed out live by three additional members. It comes across as an indie version of a Nathan Fake record in terms of atmosphere: lush guitar soundscapes and whirling synth textures with Van Pelt’s voice gliding atop the music. Five Roses was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize last year.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.