From the waltzy piano sway of opening track The Party, with its sweet and subtle vocal arrangements that bring to mind the heyday of Canadian folksinger/songwriters like Joni Mitchell, it's apparent that this Toronto-based quintet is an exceptionally talented bunch. On this, their debut EP, the band seems like a collective of revivalists, intentionally staying as far away as possible from anything remotely current in popular music, which sounds just fine. Instead, all three lead voices lend their charm to a collection of short, sweet and dreamy songs like Suzy's Song and White Flag. Except in the awkwardly acoustic blues-rock cheeseball Medicine Woman, the band shows serious potential that can't be fully realized in just seven tunes.
Stonefox play Wednesday (December 27) at the Drake Hotel.