Each time I come across a band from Canada, it becomes clearer and clearer that the musical lines between our two countries have become blurrier. Apparently, Americana music knows no border.
With Darker Circles, The Sadies’ follow up to the critically acclaimed Country Club, these Canadian songsters delve deeply into a rich well of lyrical, reverb-drenched songwriting. Though they hail from the Great White North, the band sounds like it would be completely comfortable in a Texas roadhouse – check out the pedal steel on “Postcards,” one of the strongest tracks on the record, or the instrumental disc closer, “10 More Songs,” whose grandiose guitar could provide the soundscape for the action sequences in any number of great westerns.
Other highlights from Darker Circles include “Another Year Again,” which features a bombastic, guitar-driven tempo shift, “Choosing To Fly,” with its banjo and fiddle driven barn dance vibe, and “Another Day Again,” a sonic collision of the psychedelic musings of The Byrds and the surf rock of Southern Culture On The Skids.
Be sure to check out Darker Circles, a compelling record from The Sadies, a band some 10 years into making great music.
Darker Circles is out now on Yep Roc Records.