Whether they timed it this way or not, it's appropriate that Toronto's Five Blank Pages are releasing their first full-length just as autumn gets into full melancholic swing. As a husband-and-wife-plus-sister-and-friend foursome, the Pages come out sounding sleepy-eyed and beautifully sedated for much of Blush, their unarmed cooing four-part harmonies disguising pop formulas. There's enough minor-chord bliss here to give Pedro the Lion a run for their money.
Some songs will make you want to cozy up by a fire. Others surprise. Acquaintances is waltzy sway-meets-indie doo-wop, while Dry Eyes and Reverie'd show more energy yet maintain the album's intimacy. In a word, this is a beautiful record.
Five Blank Pages roll into the Horseshoe Friday (October 19).