Leave it to a Canadian band to make emotionally impactful music that is also unerringly polite. Yes, that’s such a cliché thing to say about Canadians, and of course not all of them are constantly apologizing for things that are not their fault, but listening to Still Life Still, it’s hard not to be struck by its inoffensiveness.
Normally that would be a bad thing, but combined with their taste for wistful nostalgia and seemingly heartfelt lyrics, this all seems to be a plot to invade your brain space. Still Life Still’s first song off their new album Mourning Trance may also be the first step in their attempts at not only invading the lyric-storing centers of the brain (the lyricthalmus, for those who don’t know) but also a general invasion of the psychic space of pop music. Watch carefully for the hidden clues in the video for their first single off the album, “Burial Suit,” and you’ll see that this is not just paranoid ramblings.
It leaves so many questions unanswered. How do that many people come out of one room? What the hell kind of hula-hoops are those? Whose wedding is that? Seems like shady dealings, most certainly the kind that are spread by touring. Luckily, for now they have been confined to Canada and the East Coast. But who knows what the future holds. No doubt more will come to light when Mourning Trance is revealed by the Arts & Crafts label on August 20.
Mourning Trance tracklisting:
01. Burial Suit
02. Dancing Spines
03. Mourning Trance
04. Aim and React
06. In Enemies
07. Revolving Doors
08. Deer Hologram
09. Thinking About our Plans
10. Hanging With our Family
05.31.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
06.08.13 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
06.09.13 - St. Catharines, ON - SCENE Festival
06.11.13 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
06.12.13 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight Room
06.13.13 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambi
06.14.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.20.13 - New York, NY - Pianos
06.21.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool