We often talk on the blog about all the great indie bands coming out of Canada. One of the forefathers of the 'Montreal sound' are the husband and wife combo of Murray Lightburn & Natalia Yanchak, The Dears. Lightburn and Yanchak burst onto the scene in 2000 with their debut album, 'End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story', which showcased the bands orchestral, dark pop sound. The band is out with their newest and fourth studio album Missiles, which was born out of troubled sessions that led to the departure of most of the band. Left with what could have been a career killer, the couple indulged in some needed musical soul-searching, which turned any possible setbacks into what some have called one of their most consistent and polished releases to date.
The album opens with the dramatic, anthemic “Disclaimer”, featuring a swelling wall of synth and flourishes of horns. From there on out the atmospheric journey begins, with tracks “Dream Job”, awash in organ and strings, and "Lights Off" leading the way. The latter track is one of the albums strongest, starting out with a dreamy acoustic & string led intro that later gets treated with some Radioheadesque guitar work. Also standing out are, "Berlin Heart", with it's tender orchestration, "Money Babies", and "Crisis 1&2", which sees Yanchak tackling lead vocals.
The Dears on myspace.