RAISING THE FAWN By The Warmth Of Your Flame EP (Sonic Unyon) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
It's easy to peg Raising the Fawn's John Crossingham as a sometime member of Broken Social Scene. At times this beautiful EP of gauzy dream pop sounds like outtakes from the Scene's You Forgot It In People. Considering that disc was one of the best albums of last year, the link can only work in Crossingham's favour. This slim EP replaces the overwhelming emotional intensity and whammy-bar penchant of the Fawn's live shows with elegant guitar arcs, murmured vocals and a knack for dynamics that evokes one of those Crayola 108-packs of crayons. The melancholic autumnal warmth builds gradually and gracefully toward The Common Cold, the EP's staggering centrepiece, which explodes with violin and Crossingham's stunning choirboy falsetto before stumbling into the afterglow of the two remaining tracks. Leaves you wanting more.