Music | Review | Plants And Animals – Waltzed In From The Rumbling


Out now via Secret City Records

Rating: 7.5/10

By Kieran Webber

The Canadian indie rock band return to us with their fourth outing, ‘Waltzed In From The Rumbling’, eight years after their critically acclaimed debut ‘Parc Avenue’.

Although it doesn’t make the same impact as the debut, the record is still a beautiful and artistic creation. The album blends so many eclectic elements, from dark funk to Coltrane inspired jazz sequences, and does so with expertise.

It opens with the ballad-esque, ‘We Were One’, and its first 30 seconds set the tone of the album  perfectly, starting with charming clinks of piano that lead into sultry strikes of the guitar – this small segment boasts the band’s diversity and sets up the audience for what is to come. Not even one minute into the album and you are subject to a wide showcase of sounds.

It is this element of their music that makes them, as a band, so alluring. Their ability to dip and dive through sounds, genres and instruments while maintaining a signature style is impressive to say the least. To keep this up through 11 songs is even more so.

So what can you expect? To be opened up to a world of tranquillity, to float in an open and abstract space . The calming quality of this body of music is equally splendidly uplifting, and tracks such as ‘No Worries Gonna Find Us’, a anthemic number, lift the listener high up and pummel the lyrics – “No worries are gonna find us, no worries gonna be the boss of my mind.”

Even the more sombre songs come as an uplifting experience despite their different atmosphere, one such example is ‘Je Voulais Te Dire’, an epic 7 minutes of emotive songwriting, slashing riffs and experimental indie galore.

As a whole the album, is a beautiful journey with a wide and large soundscape that would please the ear of most listeners, which in itself is an accomplishment. It is the soundtrack to a dreamy summer afternoon due to its nonchalant serenity and laid-back vibe.