High strung and somewhat lo-fi, the Golden Dogs offer a collection of pop tunes deeply rooted in later Beatles, with shades of new wave and nods to the Pixies. Big Eye Little Eye jumps around from bouncy beginnings to acoustic ballads, with tinkly percussion and harder electric Brit Invasion rockers. Harmonies range from soaring and sweet to frenetic and maniacal. Keys and eclectic percussion provide the solid base while Dave Azzolini works nicely thought-out vocal dynamics. At times the layering of too many instruments combined with quirky harmonies offered at a frenzied pace can get grating, but the instrumentation and musicianship are generally quite fine. I particularly like Saints At The Gates, which has an AC/DC-meets-Pink Floyd thing going on. These guys are being touted as the next great Canuck hype, poised to rise to Arcade Fire heights. We'll see.