If there’s anyone who deserves attention from the music masses, it’s veteran Canadian guitarist Michael Feuerstack. The singer/songwriter plays the axe in the Juno-award winning Wooden Stars and has been releasing albums under his Snailhouse moniker since 1994, yet this Montreal-based performer is still only known in indie circles.
Snailhouse’s latest effort won’t change that, but it should. Lies On The Prize is a collection of soft, minimalist acoustic tracks that recall Hayden or the Acorn’s quieter moments; it’s easy listening for every Canadian.
Opener Dollar Signs, with its gently plucked strings, rollicking drums and intimate vocals, sets the tone for the rest of the album, though Feuerstack throws in horns on They Won’t Believe You to mix things up. While this disc is great for any occasion, it should find a welcoming home at the country’s cottages this summer.