If any band should get Canada's attention, it's the Old Soul. They've garnered a ton of critical acclaim for their experimental indie pop, but wider audiences have yet to embrace their cerebral sound. That's probably because much of what they do is inaccessible to casual music fans. It's poppy, all right, but they aren't afraid to employ odd keys, grandiose strings and tough-to-follow time changes.
Ultimately, the Old Soul's new disc won't win over the masses, but it could resonate with indie fans who passed over their quirky last record. That's because Gold is their most understandable effort to date. It maintains the band's experimental flair, but the songs are definitely more traditional than anything else the Old Soul have done. They aren't compromising, though - theirs is still one of the more original sounds on the market.
The Old Soul take over Lee's Palace November 17.